Eight annoying contracts for Kent Hughes

Eight annoying contracts for Kent Hughes

Jeff Gorton recently said in an interview that the Canadiens weren’t necessarily in a rebuilding period because there were talented and gifted skaters on the team who were able to contribute significantly to reviving the concession.

But, it is also realistic. When you are entrusted with a business with a historical past, when you walk through the property, you know that there will be changes to be made.

How will we proceed?

Increasing the budget? Adapting the company to a new management technology at the staff level and also at the level of the different departments?

So far, Gorton and his managing partner, Kent Hughes, have met their deadlines.

Martin St-Louis has been confirmed to be at the helm of the team for the next three seasons.

Changes have been made to recruiters. We have created a department whose specialty will be advanced statistics. We will appoint a new assistant coach soon.

The public relations and media department has undergone much-needed changes.

And, in terms of player personnel, some veterans have jumped ship. We began the change by giving responsibilities to inexperienced skaters and plan to continue this policy beginning next fall.

need for flexibility

So far, we can, in light of the actions taken by decision makers, recognize that we are following the business model invented by the Gorton/Hughes duo to the letter.

But the hardest part is yet to come. A recovery plan must also include flexibility in terms of budget and financial commitments. Contracts that interfere with this plan should be discarded.

How do you progress quickly when you don’t have room to maneuver to sign a top-tier player?

How can we deal with a salary cap that causes stumbling blocks instead of providing practical and important solutions to revive the business?

While Gorton and Hughes made a lot of noise in the amateur draft, they fell silent when the unrestricted free agent market opened.

correct past mistakes

On the one hand, they no longer had the means to spend and also because they rightly chose to solve the problems internally.

So we have to manage to correct the mistakes of the previous administration in terms of financial commitments. A colossal exercise.

These are the contracts that cause administrators a lot of concern.

BRENDAN GALLAGHER, 30 years old

$6.5 million per season

Until the end of 2026-2027


2022 NHL Draft

He had 14 goals and nine assists last season. In 2019-20 he scored 22 goals and provided 21 assists in 59 games. A passionate player, but in recent seasons he has been slowed down by injuries. He had his best seasons alongside Phillip Danault, except at Gallagher we realize the resources are dwindling. Are there any teams that might be interested in Gallagher? Certainly, but the Canadian would be required to pay a high percentage of this winger’s salary.

MIKE HOFFMAN, 32 years old

$4.5 million per season

Until the end of 2023-2024


2022 NHL Draft

This is a player who hadn’t found a buyer until Marc Bergevin offered him a dream contract, $13.5 million over three years. But, throughout the league, we know Hoffman’s strengths and weaknesses. In terms of defensive protection, he is very vulnerable. In attack he can brighten the attack a bit with five, but collective play is not so much in his vocabulary. Does it make any sense for a player to have too high a salary for what he can bring to the team? Perhaps a team looking for a player to reach the salary floor.

PAUL BYRON, 33 years old

$3.4 million per season

Until the end of 2022-2023


2022 NHL Draft

He is seriously affected by an injury. It is even believed that it could end his career. He no longer fits into the training plans and if he manages to return to competition it will be difficult for him to break into current training. Obviously, Kent Hughes doesn’t anticipate an offer from another team. Therefore, the Canadian will have to settle for completing the present agreement, therefore, a commitment of 3.4 million dollars for the next season. At the moment, it is the unknown relative to the organization’s plans and relative to the player himself. We will wait until the start of training camp to decide, and the doctors will also have to give a verdict.

JOEL ARMIA, 29 years old

$3.4 million per season

Until the end of 2024-2025


2022 NHL Draft

An enigmatic player. In Winnipeg, he occupied a position in the fourth attacking line, unable to move up in a formation that relied on several talented strikers. In the Canadian, at times, he showed great things. He has a solid build and his trainer can use him in different situations. The problem is that he too often lacks fighting spirit. He can experience very long sequences without being able to tell the difference. For a team trying to make the playoffs, he may be a trade deadline candidate. But beware, he still has two years left on his contract and that could cool the ardor of the general managers.

CHRISTIAN DVORAK, 26 years old

$4.45 million per season

Until the end of 2024-2025


2022 NHL Draft

A special case. Can we say that the last season allowed Dvorak to show what he can bring to the team? He missed 26 games, finished the season with 11 goals and 22 assists for 33 points. He is a player who deserves to be better known. Little by little he gained the trust of Martin St-Louis. If we’re thinking of using him as a center back in the back row, it’s interesting, especially as he’s constantly improving in the face-to-face circle and can evolve both on the power play and outnumbered. In the commercial market, he can definitely catch the eye of some builds due to his versatility and age. The Canadian should give him the opportunity to play one more season with the formation.

JONATHAN DROUIN, 27 years old

$5.5 million per season

Until the end of 2022-2023


2022 NHL Draft

The Canadian was believed to have made a good move by trading Mikhail Sergachev to the Tampa Bay Lightning for the services of Jonathan Drouin, who had just completed a 53-point season. Except that injuries and other events have clearly distorted the situation. A record of 15 goals and 43 assists in 105 games in the last three seasons. Nothing that justifies such a transaction since the Lightning defenseman occupies a leadership position with Tampa Bay and Drouin has never managed to win with the Canadian. To do ? Hopefully he gets all his media back. He only has one season left on his contract and he is only 27 years old. Except Drouin no longer has a choice. He must meet expectations.

JOSEPH ANDERSON, 28

$5.5 million per season

Until the end of 2026-2027


2022 NHL Draft

A player whose name has been the subject of various rumors in recent weeks, and no wonder. Impressive size, fast skater, power forward, a player who can make a big impact during the playoffs. A good leader too. His contract is imposing, and that invites CEOs to be cautious. Can we embark on such an investment knowing that the player can sometimes experience long periods without scoring? Nineteen goals in 69 games last year is not much. A differential of -35 in the last two seasons. However, he stole the top-six right wing spot from Gallagher, and that was to be expected. Unless there is an attractive offer, the Canadian will be very cautious in negotiations with the rest of the teams on the circuit.

CAREY PRICE, 34 years old

$10.5 million per season

Until the end of 2025-2026


2022 NHL Draft

Starting next year, Price’s salary will range from $7.5 million to $8.5 million, but $10.5 million will have to be put on the salary cap. He is the highest earner on the team. Since the first year of his contract in 2018-19, he has played 149 games. In the last three years he has played 88 games, five last year. Injuries and personal problems have raised many questions about Price’s impact with Canadians. The one who will celebrate his 35th birthday next month, will he still be able to help his team? Yes. The problem is that we don’t know if he will be able to justify such a salary. Do you want to continue with a team in a period of reconstruction? Once again, there are reasons to ask the question. A contract so imposing that we do not believe among the decision makers that we can exchange the goalkeeper. But we never know. Then there’s retirement, or putting his name on the disabled list for a long time.


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