He’ll make just over a million dollars a year → https://t.co/2c6zs3QPDc
– DansLesCoulisses (@DLCoulisses) July 3, 2023
Last year, the countless injuries to the Canadiens allowed some of the guys from the club-school to make a name for themselves in the NHL. And among the guys who jumped at the chance was Rafaël Harvey-Pinard, who took advantage of his 34 games with the big club to score 14 goals and 20 points.
That said, while Harvey-Pinard showed some great things last year and probably deserves to stay in the NHL, the fact remains that last year’s injured players will return healthy this season.
– Rachel Bergen (@Rbergen21) July 18, 2023
What’s also noticeable is that the first trio is made up of Nick Suzuki, Cole Caufield and… Sean Monahan. While many would see him on a second line to help a young center (Kirby Dach or Alex Newhook) in the face-off circle, Farrell sees him helping the team’s two best forwards on the first line.
As for Juraj Slafkovský, he’s also one of the 12 regulars, but he’s projected to the left wing of the fourth trio with Jake Evans and Joel Armia as partners.
What we notice is that there are really too many veterans, and that young players who are eligible for the ballot (like Harvey-Pinard) are really in danger of being dropped. Sean Farrell (the player, not the journalist), Jesse Ylönen and Michael Pezzetta, to name but a few, are also likely to suffer the same fate.
Clearly, Kent Hughes isn’t ruling out the idea of trading a veteran forward if the opportunity arises. We need to open up attacking positions in the NHL, one way or another.
He’s aware that there are a lot of players at forward → https://t.co/vMuRDzeKsQ
– DansLesCoulisses (@DLCoulisses) July 1, 2023
On defense, the journalist doesn’t see Johnathan Kovacevic in the regular top-6: he sees Mike Matheson, David Savard, Kaiden Guhle, Jordan Harris, Arber Xhekaj and Justin Barron forming the regular brigade (and since Kovacevic is eligible for the ballot, he would probably be the seventh defenseman in this scenario).
Now it’s up to Martin St-Louis, Kent Hughes and Jeff Gorton to get everyone in the right chair.
– Denis Malgin signs five-year contract in Switzerland.
– theScore NHL (@theScoreNHL) July 18, 2023
– Remember thathe entered the player assistance program earlier today.
News: NHLPA executive director Marty Walsh tells me that the players association is still contemplating whether they’ll file a grievance on behalf of Alex Galchenyuk regarding his contract termination from the @ArizonaCoyotes.
– Greg Wyshynski (@wyshynski) July 18, 2023
– News from Keith Kinkaid.
The Wolves have signed the following players for the 2023-24 season:
Mitchell Vande Sompel
– Chicago Wolves (@Chicago_Wolves) July 18, 2023
– Nice catch for the Montreal Alliance.
The American point guard will bring explosiveness and speed. https://t.co/C554z5P5dj
– AlleyOop360 (@AlleyOop360) July 18, 2023
– And that’s even if they’re already hosting the 2024 Games.