a good deal for both teams


Yesterday Brad Treliving, GM of the Flames, celebrated his birthday by giving himself a gift: he hired Nazem Kadri. The free agent, who many people have linked to the Islanders, accepted $ 49 million over seven years to play in Alberta.

Eventually the GM may have lost two 100-point Americans (Johnny Gaudreau and Matthew Tkachuk), but he managed (notably) to get his hands on two very good Canadian players (Jonathan Huberdeau and Nazem Kadri) in the long run and have at least one year by MacKenzie Weegar.

To add the final piece to their puzzle yesterday, Treliving was forced to throw salaries away via Sean Monahan and attach a first-round pick to persuade CH. This is what the club had to do to win right now and I don’t think the discontent in Calgary is out of control.

And that’s good for them.

On the other hand, in Montreal, Kent Hughes is not in the same position as his Alberta counterpart. The CH CEO knows the club will fight more for Connor Bedard than anything else and has acted accordingly.

So the two leaders were good dance partners on that one.

What you need to know is that the Canadian think long term and that the short term is not necessarily important. For this reason the Canadian can agree to go and get a $ 6.375 million Monahan (even if it hasn’t been worth that amount for a few years) within a year since the carrot (the first choice obtained with the player) is more important than the joke (the salary of the center) for the club.

Think about it: Regardless of whether or not Monahan is able to start the season, if he is a good player by the exchange deadline, the CH management could keep 50% of his salary and send him elsewhere as a rented player. .

Getting a first pick to make a one-year contract in a lost year and (potentially) picking up a draft pick next March if he has a good season is exactly the definition to make. resource managementor to properly manage your payroll.

Subsequently, it will also be up to the GM to adequately manage the first choice conditions obtained in order to have the best possible performance.

But that’s a big problem to have in the future, isn’t it?

Note that it is to settle all the details of the transaction that the official announcement was late in arriving from the Canadian. It is really complex as a transaction, we will tell each other.

It is because of Carey Price’s injury, who is not expected to play this year, that the Canadian’s executives have been able to add such salary. This could not have been done before as the goalkeeper’s situation is changing day by day.

the timing it was therefore good to add a first choice in Montreal. And such an asset, it can be traded by 2025, do not forget …

In terms of hockey as such, Monahan is not a bad player. He has often injured himself in the past (he has had surgery on both hips for two years), but is now motivated by the idea of ​​starting over.

He’s not 100% yet, but he’ll do whatever it takes to become the player he was.

Those who are about to expire their contract will also have things to prove and the CH, which could exchange it, could also decide to extend their stay in the city. He skates a couple of times a week with the aim of being able to start the season at the same time as everyone else.

And he will want to make a difference in Montreal.

Could perhaps, if he performs well and returns to health, lighten a Nick Suzuki (as Dany Dubé believes) or on the center line in general, who knows?

I wouldn’t necessarily wear the shirt, but it’s an interesting (other) bet from a club that can and should afford such bets. With Michael Matheson and Kirby Dach, the CH will seek on the upside.

He’s also a player the Canadian’s GM has been targeting for some time since discussions began over the summer before gaining prominence this week.

Kent Hughes, who currently has nothing about to materialize, has therefore persisted in the file.

Due to timing of the news of Price (which releases money on the mass) and since the Canadian builds for the future, he chose not to pay a first choice to add a contract to Kevin Fiala, but to receive a first choice to welcome a boy who had a value negative as the club works long term, not short term.

This is how Kent Hughes and Jeff Gorton want to rebuild the club.

How long will this step take? I do not know. Hard to say, but one thing is certain: they don’t do things by halves these days. The club is everything inside about the future.

I have a feeling that the day it goes up, it will also be done quickly. Kind of like the Rangers, like.

Lot of

– CH is still in discussions with its RFA, Cayden Primeau and Kirby Dach.

– Great show by colleague Max Truman at 11 on the radio!

– That’s my kind of humor.

– Pity.

– Big win for the Blue Jays yesterday.


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