CH’s post-Weber wage statement will still give Kent Hughes plenty of work


Even if the exchange by Shea Weber of Shea Weber’s contract allowed the Montreal Canadiens to free themselves from a fairly large burden / problem, the job is far from over for Kent Hughes and his team in terms of payroll management.

The fact that Weber has been hiding pretty well all season allowed him to pocket the contract money without playing a single game all season.

He did not show up in front of the media and was rather considered a lousy CH ambassador this year.

Why did he hide so much? According to rumors heard by Réjean Tremblay, Weber was simply hoping to “hit” an insurance company.

Weber was trying not to speak to the media so as not to have to admit that he would never play NHL hockey again. That would have prevented him from pocketing her annual amount of money tied to his contract.

To return to the salary status of the CH, the current conditions relating to the paycheck will still cause a lot of trouble for the general manager of the team.

It’s not for nothing that we often hear that Kent Hughes works very hard to make other transactions.

Although the former CH captain’s contract is no longer in LTIR (reserve for long-term injuries), his presence in 2021-22 will still cover the Canadian next season.

I will not go into the details that were extensively explained and analyzed yesterday by my colleague Charles-Alexis Brisebois.

All there is to know is that the Habs will lose just over a million dollars of space under the payroll due to performance bonuses in 2021-22 that are due to be paid back in 2022-23.

The black part in the graph below represents this amount.

(Credit: Justin Blades / EOTP)

As you can see, the graph contains two goalkeepers, seven defenders and 13 forwards.

You will tell me that some players like Leskinen are missing, and that’s true. However, this graph represents the best collection of 22 players (the limit is 23, we remind you) that the CH could have at this moment in the NHL to be in the best possible position in relation to their salary.

CH would then have $ 0.2 million of space under the salary cap.

Yes, it is too tight.

So this explains why Kent Hughes still has a lot of work ahead of him despite swapping Weber’s contract.

Several problems will have to be resolved within the next season.

First, there are still several players at the CH who will have to be re-signed in a few weeks (preferably before the free agent market opens on 13 July).

We speak here, among others, of Alexander Romanov, Rem Pitlick, Michael Pezzetta, Samuel Montembeault and so on.

Added to this is the probable entry contract by Shane Wright of the player who will be chosen in first place by the CH.

$ 200,000 clearly won’t be enough to re-sign all these guys.

For this reason, the general staff of the Habs will have to consider different trading options.

The players most likely to be traded right now are Jeff Petry, Mike Hoffman, and possibly Jonathan Drouin. Here again, over.

In short, one must not believe that the work is almost done in the case of Kent Hughes.

The next few weeks will be very busy and exciting. Especially if Carey Price suggests a potential comeback and can’t be placed in the LTIR.

Lot of

– CF Montreal are back in action!

– Still trying to catch up with the NHL.

– Great tennis coming to Montreal and Toronto.

– A new fake draft why not!

– It will be an interesting target for several teams in the draft.


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