The complete portrait (accounting and hockey) of the Canadian for the next season

The more the days pass, the greater the chances of seeing the players currently under contract with the Canadiens – or whose rights belong to the team – will be who will open the 2022-23 regular season.

The chances of seeing Pierre-Luc Dubois land in Montreal have been reduced since the trades involving Kirby Dach and Alexander Romanov…and while we all expect to see Jeff Petry leave the organization sooner rather than later, chances are he’ll be from Game 1 at the Bell Center (and in the Canadiens uniform). For the moment we must continue to consider it in our calculations and hope.

As for the many heavy training contracts, they will be difficult to ferryman by October 12. Jonathan Drouin and Evgenii Dadonov could leave at the trade deadline if they have a good season; Mike Hoffman, Brendan Gallagher and Joel Armia seemed doomed to end their contract in Montreal. At least until their last deadline

Kent Hughes was named yesterday during his press briefing that Carey Price had still not completed his summer training streak. Today is July 15…

Price, who received a plasma injection several weeks ago, could therefore miss the first game of the season. He’s not in pain right now, but it’s still unclear if his knee will swell when he starts to to push in ice training. He will meet with a medical specialist in Montreal by the end of the month. We do not seem to have appreciated the intervention of the New York doctor last summer…

Markov had also undergone a first knee operation which did not “worked” south of the border, before better ” answer “ to a second intervention. We can therefore keep hope in the case of Price…

Paul Byron also underwent minor surgery. Plasma injection like Carey Price? That could be…

Byron was caused in one hip about a year ago and he now has pain in the other hip. It hurts even at rest this summer. He hopes to be able to play the first game of the season and then judge the state of his hip, but that may have to wait until later this fall (or winter).

In short, I have the impression that the Canadian will start the season with Carey Price HEY Paul Byron on the disabled list. However, until proven otherwise, Kent Hughes must always consider the hat tricks of these two players in his calculations since they could return to play during the season.

So what does the team’s payroll look like this morning? In total, the 13 active attackers (Suzuki, Gallagher, Anderson, Drouin, Dadonov, Hoffman, Dvorak, Armia, Evans, Slafkovsky, Caufield, Dach and Poehling or Pezzetta) and Paul Byron competent for approximately $52.5 million. I estimate that Dach will make around $2 million per season. His qualifying offer is $874,125, but a contract bridge two or three seasons, he was definitely going to make more money than that, without breaking the bank.

With such a scenario, Pezzetta should therefore be put to the vote before the start of the season… and he could be claimed by another team (like the Flyers in particular). Will the CH start the year with 14 attackers to avoid losing Pezzetta for nothing ? For the purposes of my exercise today, I will answer no, but it could be…

On the blue line, Petry, Edmundson, Savard, Barron, Harris, Guhle and Wideman competent For about 16.5 million $. We can expect to see this amount increase by approximately $500,000 if the CH comes to put a veteran under contract for not too expensive and send Guhle, Barron or Harris back to the AHL.

In front of the net, we must count Price ($10.5 million), Allen ($2,875 million) and Montembault. The latter could affect approximately $2.25 million through arbitration. Maybe a little less, but I prefer to go about it in an accounting-safe manner.

Which brings us to approximately $85 millionmore or less $2.5 million more than the salary cap.

Add to that the $833,333 of the buyout of Karl Alzner’s contract, the $1,132,500 in bonuses carried over from last season and potential performance bonuses for Juraj Slakovsky ($3.5 million), Cole Caufield ($850,000), Justin Barron ($212,500), Jordan Harris ($507,500) and Kaiden Guhlé ($420,000) and Kent Hughes John Sedgwick could have very short nights by October. And during the season…

Several million accounting dollars are missing from the equation and for the moment, only an advantageous exchange for the CH of Jeff Petry, a season stopped for Byron or the retirement of Carey Price could settle all that. Or a possible absence/injury/transaction of Drouin, Anderson, Dvorak, Armia, Gallagher or Dadonov…

No, the Canadiens are not going to trade Joel Edmundson to free up accounting dollars.

And the arrival of Pierre-Luc Dubois has only worsened this difficult accounting situation, and not improved it. He would, however, improve the team on the ice, hehe.

In short, the Canadiens will have to take action at all costs to comply with the salary cap rules in October. He will no longer be able to exceed it by 10% in the first game of the season…

Will it be a transaction? A player placed on the LTIR ? A John Sedgwick hat bunny? We will see.

For now, here’s what the Canadiens roster should look like on October 12 (if Price and Byron are absent):



Harris Savard



At what rank can such a formation hope to finish in the Atlantic Division, with Leavesvery strong Panthers and Lightning, always dangerous Bruins and wings and Meaning improved?

The Canadian once again has a much better chance of being part of the Connor Bedard race than the playoff race. And that’s correct as it is!

A lot of

– Which team could afford to get Jeff Petry?

– I laughed.

– Kyle Dubas hasn’t had a great summer so far.

– Small signing in Colorado.

– Will the Alouettes recover from their loss yesterday (when they were sheltered a few minutes earlier)?

– CF Montreal will celebrate Mauro Biello tomorrow night at Stade Saputo.

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