Forward Michael Pezzetta’s representative and Montreal Canadiens general manager Kent Hughes are expected to resume talks over a new contract in the coming days, possibly as soon as this week.
Recently, both sides spoke at least once about the future of the friendly, curly-haired forward, who is on course to become a restricted free agent with arbitration rights.
“Michael obviously wants to stay in Montreal,” agent Paul Capizzano told TVASports.ca in a phone interview on Tuesday. He appreciates the trust that new management has placed in him this season.
“Especially after the arrival of Martin St-Louis as head coach. It gave him the opportunity to play and show off.”
Planning the next draft is not an obstacle to moving forward with talks with CH, according to the 24-year-old Torontonian’s agent, and that’s a good thing: Pezzetta wants to stay with the organization that picked him in the sixth round of the 2016 auction of course, and the duration of the pact is not necessarily an issue in the negotiations.
In fact, the priority for the Pezzetta camp is to offer a one-way National League contract and it’s unknown if Hughes is willing to agree to that. With 14 picks in the 2022 auction, two of them in the first round, and a lot of uncertainty on offense, the picture could change as the summer season progresses. Also management’s intentions when it decides to swap out veterans who are not part of a restricted group of untouchables.
Notably, like Josh Anderson — who Canadians don’t want to trade — Pezzetta is represented by Quartexx Management, an agency the Montreal general manager worked for before taking the leap into his managerial role in the NHL.
The 6-foot-1, 216-pound winger has five goals, 11 points and 81 minutes in prison in 51 NHL games, having appeared in nearly 107 AHL games with the Laval Rockets since 2018-19.
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Pezzetta wasn’t shy about defending his teammates when some were shy about throwing away the gloves, making him a popular player with Habs fans throughout the season.
“Pezz” was also spotted by numerous supporters on the grounds of the Gilles-Villeneuve circuit during last weekend’s Canadian Grand Prix activities.