According to Renaud Lavoie, the Canadian will not buy out a contract this summer

Kent Hughes has repeated it many times since arriving in Montreal: the team was last overall but first on payroll. Obviously this is a big problem. In fact, it was probably the most important file that the new Director-General had to deal with.

One of the first pieces of that puzzle was played tonight with the departure of Shea Weber.

But the Habs’ headache isn’t over yet. According to website CapFriendly, the Canadian currently has just under $2 million under the salary cap. Considering Michael Pezzetta, Rem Pitlick and Alexander Romanov all have to sign, that’s very little.

Sure, adding Carey Price to the disabled list and one or two more trades would help, but the fact remains the team is in a precarious position.

In recent months, many have therefore proposed a contract buyout to remedy the situation. The name that came up most often in this scenario was that of Jonathan Drouin.

Specifically, this would allow the team to save approximately $3.67 million over two years.

In response to Weber’s swap, Renaud Lavoie was asked if a contract buyout from CH was possible this summer. His answer was sharp:

Barring a last second change or something the Canadians didn’t see coming, [ça n’arrivera pas]. I would tell you that the probability of this happening is extremely small, not even exceeding 5%.

Then, when asked the question specific to Drouin, he replied:

I know people will be thinking of him but this is his last year of contract and he is a very talented player, Lavoie recalled. He can help Canadians.

I personally agree with Lavoie. Since he only has one year left on his contract, a buyout would not be worthwhile. The short-term wage situation is simply not critical enough.

The Habs are far from being competitive next year. If the ex-Lightning does well, it’ll trade before the deadline and the team could get some interesting consideration.

If he plays poorly or little, he’ll become an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season and Montreal won’t have to worry about him anymore.

In short, you have nothing to lose by keeping it. Mortgaging his $1.833 million paycheck in 2023-24 for small gains in 2022-23 just wouldn’t be worth it.

Especially that (yes, I’m repeating myself) but the Canadian won’t be good next year. It will be another year of misery that will allow the club to draw early.

Then, with Dadonov, Drouin and Byron moving to UFA next summer, Hughes could have an interesting return at the close if those players have good seasons.


– They lost 10-2 to the Orioles.

– A season at Laval where he plays a lot would do him a lot of good.

– By November we must learn to hate them.

– What’s your choice?

– The Celtics start Game 6 with fire!

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