Once the deal was done, there wasn't much doubt that the contract extension, keeping Jonathan Drouin from becoming a restricted free agent was very far away. Only a couple hours after the trade was made with the Tampa Bay Lightning, the Canadiens agreed to a new 6-year, $33 million deal with their new dynamic forward.
The deal will be a cap hit of $5.5 million for each one of those seasons, which could be a pretty good deal, if Drouin can reach his offensive potential.
The Canadiens were looking to add offense in this off-season and they're off to a pretty good start with Drouin, who scored 21 goals last season and you would think that he would be a pretty good fit with some of the other young talent the Canadiens have on their roster, signed and unsigned.
It's still very early days in this off-season, with lots of players to sign, events that will see players shift around and then hitting up free agency in a couple of weeks, the Montreal Canadiens will be front and centre during this time.
With the players they have signed right now, this would be the 23-man roster I would project for them, which currently leaves them $11.2 million under the current cap ceiling of $73 million, where they still have to deal with Alex Galchenyuk, Nathan Beaulieu and Nikita Nesterov.
|Tomas Plekanec||6.000||Shea Weber||7.857||Carey Price||6.500|
|Jonathan Drouin||5.500||Jeff Petry||5.500||Al Montoya||1.063|
|Max Pacioretty||4.500||Alexei Emelin||4.100|
|Andrew Shaw||3.900||Brandon Davidson||1.425|
|Brendan Gallagher||3.750||Jordie Benn||1.100|
|Torrey Mitchell||1.200||Jakub Jerabek||0.925|
|Paul Byron||1.167||Zach Redmond||0.613|