Brandon Duhaime and Minnesota have a pre-arbitration agreement: 1x$1.1M
– Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) July 16, 2023
However, it’s legitimate to ask serious questions about his role with the Tricolore next year. Based on Montreal’s current line-up on paper, we can anticipate that he will be the team’s 14th or 15th forward.
As Farrell, Beck and Roy (and Lias Andersson?) push for an NHL roster spot, could the Habs put Pezzetta up for grabs this season? Does he still fit in with the team’s philosophy, despite the two-year contract he signed? Admittedly, it’s rare to see a player who’s been given a two-year contract be placed in the ballot.
However, it can also be argued that being put in the bin doesn’t necessarily mean he’ll be claimed. It’s possible that the Habs feel it’s a good risk to take, and that the loss wouldn’t be catastrophic. Let’s face it, the easy option is to send Rafaël Harvey-Pinard to Laval, as he won’t yet be eligible for the ballot. But if he performs as he did last year, it would be a slap in the face for the Quebecer, who could then have amply earned his place.
If he simply doesn’t make the club and starts the season in Laval, that solves one problem… but it means not calling him up afterwards.
In short, the congestion among the Canadiens’ forwards will be quite interesting to follow, and training camp looks promising in this respect. Unfortunately for Pezzetta, a crowd favorite, the Habs’ fine bank of prospects may end up taking away his regular NHL spot.
That’s unless Kent Hughes manages to unload the contracts of players like Mike Hoffman, Christian Dvorak and Josh Anderson. In this case, it’s arguable that Pezzetta’s presence, at $812,000 a year, is more beneficial to the club.
On the move
– Carlos Alcaraz defeats Novak Djokovic.
Carlos Alcaraz becomes the first player in TWENTY YEARS not named…
▪️ Novak Djokovic
▪️ Roger Federer
▪️ Rafael Nadal
▪️ Andy Murray
to be crowned the Gentlemen’s singles champion at Wimbledon 🤯 pic.twitter.com/hQLyS4V4Hk
– Yahoo Sports (@YahooSports) July 16, 2023
– Nice catch.
Free-agent WR DeAndre Hopkins is expected to sign with the Titans, per source. Deal is expected to become official over the next few days.
– Doug Kyed (@DougKyed) July 16, 2023