CANADIENS PLANNING TO MAKE A BIG MOVE THIS SEASON?
- Arpon Basu from the Athletic wonders if the Montreal Canadiens are hoarding their salary-cap space for a big move at some point in the season.
- Noting the Habs have over $6.3 million in salary-cap space, Basu points out general manager Marc Bergevin will have plenty of room to go on a spending spree near the Feb. 24 trade deadline if he so chooses.
- Meanwhile, Basu’s colleague, Mitch Melnick, believes the Canadiens’ recent struggles are indicative of a team in trouble.
- With Jonathan Drouin sidelined, Max Domi mired in a goalless drought, and Jesperi Kotkaniemi battling a sophomore slump, Melnick feels it’s time to make a significant move for scoring punch before the season goes sideways.
- Bergevin could be stockpiling that cap room in anticipation of a big trade at some point.
- Then again, he also had lots of cap space last season and made only minor moves that did little to boost his club’s playoff chances.
- If there’s a deal to be had that can help his club, one that won’t gut his depth in draft picks and prospects, Bergevin will make it.
- Otherwise, he’ll bank that cap space and seek more affordable options.
Sources & Credits: Arpon Basu, Mitch Melnick, Spectors Hockey
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