Now that the offseason is well underway in the NHL, rumors abound around the Bettman circuit. The Canadian is absolutely no exception and it is to be expected that Kent Hughes and his team have had a busy summer.
And it could (or even “should”) start this week, as my colleague Maxime Truman spoke on the airwaves of 91.9 Sports earlier today.
LCDS // Canadians need to make room on the payroll. Who will leave this week?
The Chronicle of Maxime Truman ➡️ https://t.co/ykbZwHCqqT
– 91.9 Sport (@ 919sport) July 5, 2022
However, there is a name that circulates a bit in the rumors that interest the CH: Tyson Barrie. Jeff Marek raised the idea of seeing CH take an interest in him a few weeks ago, and today Elliott Friedman also slipped in a word:
I’d be curious if a team like the Canadiens would be interested in Tyson Barrie – Elliott Friedman
He talked about it in today’s episode of the 32 Thoughts Podcast.
I just landed in MON. Waiting for the draft week. 32 Thoughts Podcast News Edition. Listen before everything changes. Link to your favorite platform here: https://t.co/MFDkuvznQQ have fun!
– Elliott Friedman (@FridgeHNIC) July 5, 2022
For Edmonton, finding a team interested in Barrie would be great news. The team needs to clear the salary to sign the boys again (Evander Kane, Brett Kulak, etc) and to sign a goalkeeper this summer. They have been hooked up with Jack Campbell and Ville Husso frequently in the past few weeks and will need the money to attract these guys.
But why should CH care about Barrie? In fact, I can only see one scenario where he would have done that: if Jeff Petry were to leave this summer.
Currently, as a right-back, the Canadian has David Savard, Chris Wideman and Justin Barron. There is clearly a little bit of meat missing around the bone, and if CH wants to give themselves the chance to send Barron with the Rocket to aid development, another right defender will be needed.
And this is where Barrie comes in.
Even if the defender is a adventure in his area the fact remains that he is very good in attack. The 30-year-old could be a good transition option as the youngsters are ready, especially as his contract expires at the end of the 2023-24 season.
At $ 4.5 million a year, that’s a little pricey, but we’re still talking about a defender who can easily score fifty points.
In short, we’ll have to see if these rumors end up leading somewhere, but there seems to be a possibility that Barrie will wear the CH uniform next year. There is no smoke without fire, as they say …
– Jeff Marek expects CH to enlist Shane Wright. However, he believes it is possible that he will return to OHL next year.
Marek on 32TP: “I think the Montreal Canadiens end up taking Shane Wright and the only controversy is that they could send him back to OHL next season. Let’s not forget that this guy also lost a whole year of development.”
– NHL scout (@NHL_observer) July 5, 2022
– I do not believe. Again, I could be wrong.
– TVA Sport (@TVASports) July 5, 2022
– Kaiden Guhle’s brother will play in Germany next season.
I was wondering if Canadians would have an interest in reuniting the Guhle brothers in Laval next season. This will not be the case. https://t.co/b6J5usZKh0
– Anthony Marcotte (@anthonymarcotte) July 5, 2022
– A signature the Oilers clearly don’t regret.
Five years ago today …
You @Edmonton Oilers signed Captain Connor McDavid for an 8-year / $ 100 million extension.
McDavid has EXCEEDED the contract to date.
Lead all players in scoring (193-356-549 / 360 GP) since he signed the deal.
He is the best player in the world! pic.twitter.com/6HFTMqmiuB
—Bob Stauffer (@Bob_Stauffer) July 5, 2022
– David Price retreat this winter?
Most likely he will decide based on his family. https://t.co/ZriAp2eFGr
– MLB Passion (@passion_mlb) July 5, 2022