Marc Bergevin will be a puzzle to assemble at the end of the season 2020-2021 with many of the major players who have the right to complete autonomy.
This is the case of the three members of the first trio of the team, Phillip Danault, Tomas Tatar and Brendan Gallagher, but also to Jeff Petry at the blue line.
Bergevin could technically open negotiations with one of its three strikers or with his defender in the hope of quickly to conclude a contract extension.
Since the ratification of the collective agreement between the leaders of the NHL and the players ‘ Association, the general managers of the NHL have the leisure to offer new contracts to players whose agreements will expire at the end of the season 2020-2021.
Questioned on this subject, Tatar said that it is not a priority for him.
“To be honest, I have not thought too much,” said the Slovak. With the pandemic, I am focusing on other subjects. I imagine that there will be discussions, but no more. In this moment, I am focusing on our return-to-play and our battle against the Penguins. “
With the freezing of the salary cap to 81.5 million, respectively, for the season 2020-2021 and a likely very small increase in the future, several NHL teams will find themselves trapped financially. This situation should not be to the advantage of future unrestricted free agents.
“Honestly, I didn’t think of it at all, said Tatar. During the pandemic, we put all these things aside, we think the health. The concentration is on the series and on the team. We will surely these discussions, but at this moment, I have the head in the series.
“However, I can tell you that I love Montreal. The supporters are very kind with me, just like the organization. I have a lot of fun up here. This is a very good market. We’ll know more when the discussions will begin. “
At the break of the activities of the NHL march 12, Tatar was at the top of the markers of the CH with 61 points (22 goals, 39 assists) in 68 meetings. He will earn $ 5.3 million next season, but the Golden Knights will pay still $ 500,000 from this amount.
On the ice for a long time
Tatar has quickly regained its place on the left wing of the first trio at the camp of the CH in the company of Danault and Gallagher. He has always believed in the eventual recovery of the action in the NHL.
“Honestly, maybe I had a different perspective. In Slovakia, our cases were very low and life is soon back to normal. It has been able to skate. I was just glad to be back. There are different realities depending on the country of origin of the players. It has not played since march, it was missing. “