Kent Hughes provided an update on his main goalkeeper on Thursday, as well as announcing the acquisition of Sean Monahan. But several questions remain. Explanations.
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The Canadian exceeds the salary cap: is this normal?
Yes. By receiving immediate confirmation that Carey Price will not play early in the season, and likely won’t play at all in 2022-23, the Habs can take advantage of the fact that their goalkeeper will be placed on the long-term injury list (LBLT). In this way, the team will benefit from a relief that will allow it to exceed the salary cap, set at 82.5 million, of a value less than or equal to Price’s salary: 10.5 million. In fact, the closer a team’s payroll is to the cap, the greater the relief. Following this logic, Sean Monahan’s salary (6,375 million) is on time.
Will we be looking for a replacement for Carey Price?
No. Anyway, not right away. Kent Hughes was very affirmative on this topic: Jake Allen, Samuel Montembeault and Cayden Primeau, although the latter still without a contract, are competing for the two positions available in front of the CH network at the retirement. Unless one of the top two is injured, or he himself has an incredible pitch, Primeau’s chances of starting the season in Montreal are slim, as he can still be transferred to Laval Rocket, in the American League, bypassing waivers.
What are the conditions attached to the choice made in the first round of the Flames?
Thursday’s exchange, in its official wording, reads: “The Canadiens have acquired striker Sean Monahan and a conditional pick in the first round of 2025 in exchange for future considerations. Don’t hold your breath, you’ll never see the color of these.” future considerations. “As for the conditional choice, it required an explanation of 687 words in the communiqué released by CH. The fact that the Flames do not have their choice of the first round of 2025, but the Florida Panthers, and that choice is already subject to other conditions, makes the situation infinitely complicated. Therefore we spare our readers the enumeration of possible scenarios. However, the details are available here:
Are all the players in the squad under contract?
No. Primeau’s agents and newcomer Kirby Dach are still in talks with Canadian management. Kent Hughes said he was “optimistic” in reaching an agreement with the two before the retirement; in his long career as an agent he has always completed his clients’ paperwork before the fall, he pointed out. The DG also said that he was exploring “different ways” in these negotiations. Without going too far, we can here assume that these “avenues” refer to the number of years provided for in the contracts in question.
Should we expect more transactions by October?
Maybe yes maybe no. Hughes didn’t close the doors. What we do know, however, is that a surplus of strikers is already evident. Currently, 16 centers and wings have secured NHL contracts or are virtually guaranteed to start the season in Montreal: Cole Caufield and Juraj Slafkovsky are in that second category. If Sean Monahan is employed in the center, Kirby Dach or Jake Evans will have to be moved to the wing. Regardless, that means 12 wings will battle for 8 places ahead of the opening match on 12 October. We can probably delete Paul Byron’s name from the lot, since his rehabilitation doesn’t seem encouraging, but the fact remains that young forwards hoping to make the leap to NHL this season will need to be perfect on the pitch as the available positions are practically non-existent.
Should we expect more changes within a year?
Absolutely. With Monahan, the Canadiens now have four strikers who will become unlimited free agents in July 2023, the others will be Jonathan Drouin, Evgenii Dadonov and Paul Byron. Goalkeeper Jake Allen will also be free as air at the end of next season. With the exception of Byron, all of them could be traded before the deadline. Other regular players in the squad – Josh Anderson, Christian Dvorak, Joel Edmundson… – could spark interest elsewhere as well. The holidays have been short, if not non-existent, for Kent Hughes since he took office nearly seven months ago. “I learned a long time ago that a vacation could be interrupted,” he said with a laugh Thursday night. Obviously, he won’t be getting much rest in the next year.