The free agent market without restriction to the NHL was supposed to open its doors tomorrow, July 1st. The pandemic has, however, changed everything and it is somewhere in October that many buyers will try to hit a homerun or to find the best deals. Overview of the situation.
Marc Bergevin will not have to rent a helicopter immediately for a tour of the city with a potential candidate because the players may not exercise their autonomy as long as the league has not been a cross on this season.
It will allow him to further analyze the main candidates, because most of them chausseront the lace up over the next few months.
Bergevin has always been an active participant even if he must deal with several elements, not allowing it ever to compete with the other general managers.
Attract to Montreal a player stand-alone without restriction of the first plan falls under virtually science-fiction.
Players like Montreal, because it is an attractive city, offering many features. They will leave courting and having in his pocket a mirobolante contract offer from the Canadian… and then take another direction.
They will create a higher bid, and the price will become exaggerated.
Bergevin has a financial cushion that is envied by its peers in the NHL. Except that the market does not respond so much to what the DG of the Canadian. Interesting candidates are few in number, especially if it will seek to improve his attack. Taylor Hall and Tyler Tiffoli are candidates able to give lustre to the team.
The case Lafrenière
But now arises the folder Alexis Lafrenière, one-in-eight chance for the Canadian to make the acquisition, though of course it bows down before the
Penguins in their series 3 of 5. This is a percentage significantly higher than the possibility of hosting a free agent without restriction to Montreal. It is hard to ask questions.
Following the stupid decision of the NHL to tarnish the draft of amateur players prior to the start of the tournament in the round, everything is called into question. Let’s forget about the players self without restriction. Lafrenière is regarded as a player of the franchise. This is the gift that will offer the eliminated teams for their participation, an opportunity to obtain the best skater of 18 years on the planet. Ottawa, Detroit, Los Angeles, New Jersey, are you going to see.
You can believe that many of the scenarios in the minds of the decision makers of the teams eligible for the lottery Lafrenière. The national League is downright shot in the foot.
Meanwhile, it will be interesting to observe the strategy of Bergevin in the folders already on the table, that is to say, Brendan Gallagher, Phillip Danault, Tomas Tatar, Joel Armia, Artturi Lehkonen, Jeff Petry, players who can take advantage of their status as a free agent without restriction at the end of the season (2020-2021).
What is the price for Torey Krug ?
Y a-t-he emergency among the defenders Not. With the arrival of Alexander Romanov is thought to have solidified the left flank of the brigade defensive, but he still must wait to see whether the Russian will be able to quickly adapt to the tempo and to the life of the NHL.
Is it that Torey Krug could help the Canadian ? Of course. But will he leave the Bruins ? That is the question… and what will be the price required ?
Bergevin will also need to have an eye on the contracts of Max Domi, Victor Mete, Dale Weise, Charles Hudon, Christian Folin, Jake Evans and Xavier Ouellet.
Another shot at glory ?
A question arises : Bergevin can he create another shock wave in the NHL as the free agent market with restrictions is much more attractive ? Can you file a hostile bid, as that of last year ?
He had white cabbage in its attempt to wrest Sebastian Aho to the Hurricanes of Carolina. Except that the ceo of the Canadian never give up. It constantly returns to charge and it could again surprise its counterparts.
Players standalone with restriction
Interesting candidates for the Canadian
Player, age, position, team | salary
- Sam Reinhart, 24 | Winger, Buffalo | 3.65 M$
- Antony Mantha, 25 | Winger, Detroit | $ 3.3 Million
- Andre Burakowsky, 25 | Winger, Colorado | 3.25 M$
- Nikita Zadorov, 25 | Defender, Colorado | $ 3.2 Million
- Chris Tierney, 25 | Centre, Ottawa | 2,937 M$
- Radek Faksa, 26 | Central, Dallas | $ 2.2 M