Thursday, June 15, 2017

Habs Waste No Time Signing Drouin

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.

Forwards Cap Defense Cap Goalies Cap
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
Artturi Lehkonen 0.925
Phillip Danault 0.913
Michael McCarron 0.863
Daniel Carr 0.725
Andreas Martinsen 0.675
Charles Hudon 0.650
Chris Terry 0.650

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