Free agent market | Johnny Hockey and Max Pacioretty pack their bags — 98.5 Montreal

Johnny Gaudreau was certainly one of the most coveted players in the current free agent market in the NHL. After the Flames offered him an eight-year, $10.5 million a year contract and he declined the offer, one could only conclude that the relationship between the two parties was over. On Wednesday night, the scorer, who has just scored 40 goals for the first time this season, accepted a contract offer from the Columbus Blue Jackets.

The one who has 609 points, including 210 but in 602 games, since his arrival at the Flames would have accepted an offer of seven years and at least 9.75 million dollars according to what several sources report. The 28-year-old winger would therefore have turned his back on $11 million to join an Eastern team. Originally from New Jersey, he is getting significantly closer to home, although he will only be an eight-hour drive from where he grew up.

Former captain heads to Carolina

Along with the opening of the free agent market, the Las Vegas Golden Knights sent forward Max Pacioretty and defenseman Dylan Coghlan to the Carolina Hurricanes in return for future considerations. Also, it looks like the Golden Knights aren’t keeping the salary portion of the $7 million a year contract that Pacio is keeping for another season.

The former Habs captain scored 19 goals and 37 points in 39 games last season. For his part, Coghlan has scored 3 goals and 10 assists in 59 games.

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