Ottawa replaces Alex DeBrincat in a big way → https://t.co/mEY60FJ7Sy
– DansLesCoulisses (@DLCoulisses) July 27, 2023
Last night, the saga of Vladimir Tarasenko’s autonomy finally came to an end. The Russian forward, who spent last season with the Blues and Rangers, had still not signed a contract for the coming season, even though the market had been open for almost a month.
Like John Klingberg last year… and like Tarasenko this year.
And now we learn that one of those multi-year offers came from… the Senators. According to Andy Strickland, the Ottawa club had offered a four-year, $22 million contract ($5.5 million a year) to the Russian, who finally signed a one-year, $5 million deal in the Canadian capital.
The Hurricanes ($5.25 million) and Sharks ($6 million) offered him more money for a one-year contract, but in the end, he’ll be playing in Ottawa next year.
– Andy Strickland (@andystrickland) July 28, 2023
Sometimes it pays to be patient in the NHL to find the right offer, but for free agents, it’s often a gamble that backfires.
There’s a scenario in which Tarasenko has a big season and signs a big long-term contract next summer (when the salary cap will have gone up by $4 million), but there’s also one in which he doesn’t feel comfortable with his new team and his next contract is for another year at an even lower salary.
And if that’s the case, he’s really going to miss the four-year, $22 million offer he could have signed earlier this summer. Talk about John Klingberg, who will make $3M less this year than last (and, again, on a one-year contract).
I really wish Tarasenko had made the right bet, and he’ll be well surrounded in Ottawa to produce, but being too patient has backfired. And against his former agent, obviously, since he was recently fired.
– Plekanec in Toronto still disgusts me a little. At the same time, it’s thanks in part to this trade that the CH is betting on Lane Hutson today.
From Tomáš Plekanec with the Toronto Maple Leafs to Mats Naslund with the Boston Bruins, we take a look back at ten longtime members of the Montreal Canadiens that looked really weird wearing different jerseys.
– Marc Dumont (@MarcPDumont) July 28, 2023
– I’m still leaning towards Andrei Vasilevskiy.
Who would you want between the pipes for your team?🤔 pic.twitter.com/GGjg2zPymX
– BarDown (@BarDown) July 28, 2023
– Nice catch for CF Montreal.
MLS | CF Montreal acquire defender Fernando Álvarez https://t.co/ZjXcswC0Rk
– La Presse Sports (@LaPresse_Sports) July 28, 2023
– The Angels could really use one.
The Japanese defender didn’t want to leave the Angels this season. https://t.co/2Ho5Gl9sWu
– Passion MLB (@passion_mlb) July 28, 2023
– Max Verstappen sets the fastest time, but Charles Leclerc will start on pole.