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  1. A simulator for anyone interested in killing some time: https://draftprospectshockey.com/draftsim
  2. With his junior eligibility exhausted, Rafael Harvey-Pinard (a 7th rounder of the Habs back in 2019) was going to be turning pro one way or the other for next season. He won't be playing on an entry-level deal though as he instead inked a one-year, one-way deal with Laval. I know he was holding out hope of an ELC but this is certainly the better route from Montreal's perspective. http://www.habsworld.net/2020/05/laval-signs-rafael-harvey-pinard-to-a-one-year-deal/
  3. It wasn't my article. The original piece didn't have the EP links, I just added those in. If Chisholm wants to sign an AHL contract, sure. Mind you, I'm one who generally thinks that there is rarely such a thing as a bad minor league deal. Looking ahead to 2021-22 - I think Harris signs then (there was consideration to signing him for next year) while Fairbrother and LeGuerrier need deals as well (LeGuerrier I think could sign now). I think one of those two will get a deal. It's possible Norlinder comes over as well - he has the second year on his SHL deal but that can be overridden by the transfer agreement. Leskinen could still be around. That could be the whole left side of Laval's back end right there and who knows, Alzner could still be around for his final season. (Plus Ouellet/Olofsson could be retained or replaced.)
  4. Dauphin already re-signed. Lucchini is a coin flip (I'd lean no but he played well in Laval in limited action) while Luchuk/Sturtz are surefire non-tenders.
  5. I wound up looking at the stats for each player as I had added the links in that article back on Monday (it was a bit of a dull night shift). Chisholm, to me, is the most notable but with all of the LD they've added recently, I don't think there's a great fit unless they were moving a different LD in return. Gravel feels like an AHL offer at best. It's not a great class of prospects to sift through overall.
  6. Same here. He's the most notable loss of the three but he didn't progress much over the last couple of years. I wonder if he's one of those prospects that played at a high level in junior early and more or less peaked at the same time. If he couldn't elevate his game in the WHL, how productive would he have been in the pros? I'd be content with him getting an AHL deal if he goes undrafted but I don't see him wanting to do that.
  7. That'd be interesting as the belief around Pittsburgh over the last couple of months is that Murray will get first crack. While Jarry had the better numbers, Murray got more of the 'prestige' games and it's believed their coach still really trusts him.
  8. I don't think Kotkaniemi will be available. Basu's mailbag earlier this month said he'd be a long way away from getting cleared for contact (months more than weeks). Even if this stretches into late July, are they going to want to throw him back in just as he's getting cleared? I think they'll play it safe and maybe bring him over to skate and be evaluated but not be given consideration to play unless they actually won a couple of rounds.
  9. If everyone aside from Kotkaniemi (who is out for several more months) is available: Tatar - Danault - Gallagher Lehkonen - Suzuki - Armia Drouin - Domi - Byron Hudon - Evans - Weal Chiarot - Weber Mete - Petry Kulak - Juulsen Drouin and Suzuki didn't work well together if I remember correctly (it has been a while) and I can see that F2 line being a defacto checking/two-way one with F3 being the mismatch line. Pittsburgh isn't the fastest team so putting the two fast wingers with Domi could help. Part of me is inclined to put Poehling on the 4th line for a bit of size and something resembling defensive ability rather than leaving Evans on his own. If Alex Belzile is healthy (the timeline on his shoulder surgery suggests he should be available) and does well in camp, I'd give very serious consideration to him in Weal's spot. Yes, he has been off for a while but a three-week training camp (that appears to be the target) may be enough. He and Evans played quite well together in Laval (Hudon with those two was a very good combo) and would give that line a bit more of a two-way presence. Juulsen declared himself recovered on a conference call last week and if he is indeed healthy, he's a better option than Fleury who will need heavily sheltered minutes. I don't want Mete/Kulak on their off-side and I don't trust Ouellet at the best of times.
  10. The US will be exempting international players (plus families and essential staff) from COVID-related travel bans. That's another notable step towards a return to play; it will pave the way for players to return back to their club cities for a conditioning camp. https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-coronavirus-usa-athletes-idUSKBN22Z03D?taid=5ec8ab78c4c54c00017f13ec
  11. The NHLPA has voted to continue negotiations on a 24-team playoff with the league. While this doesn't mean it's a guarantee that it will happen as some are speculating, it certainly seems as if there's some momentum now towards this format with the Habs squeaking into the playoffs as a result.
  12. One-year extension for Yannick Veilleux, a well-deserved deal. Normally this wouldn't get its own article on HW but I am rather desperate for content to keep things running somewhat smoothly. http://www.habsworld.net/2020/05/laval-signs-yannick-veilleux-to-a-one-year-extension/
  13. Agreed. I think we're looking at December at the earliest as a start date. I think their 'Plan A' scenario is about this: Early/mid-July to early September: Playoffs Mid-September: Draft A few days after the draft: Free Agency Early/mid-November: Start of training camp I've seen 1.5 to 2.5 months thrown around as the minimum offseason. This would at least get them two full months before training camp which is about three weeks shy of the usual length. That's not way off the mark. I'll be very intrigued to see how they plan to safely play 82 games next season (their stated goal). I'd think they're planning to run into July already at this point.
  14. It seems like the GMs got in the ears of the Board of Governors as the early June draft hasn't been announced as anticipated. Personally, they need to figure out what their return to play plan will be before even entertaining the idea of a draft. For example, a 5-team lottery doesn't make sense if 24 teams are going to make the playoffs. Why wouldn't it be a 7-team lottery in that instance?
  15. Those performance bonuses look like the usual GP ones that are included in a lot of Montreal's mid-tier prospect contracts. I mentioned the frequency a couple of posts earlier - I think it's in a lot of deals and just goes unreported.
  16. Anything is possible but I don't see why one would be related to the other. Had the season continued, Hillis would have stayed in junior until his postseason ended and if Laval was still playing by then, he could have signed an ATO deal to finish up with them. That would have been the case whether or not they signed him in March, April, or May so the cancellation of the season shouldn't have had any bearing on contract talks. If I had to guess, they're just focusing on one file (player) at a time and the recent priority went to the Russian signings. I think it's more common than we see reported. There is a clause that allows teams to do it and I wouldn't be shocked if it was standard in most contracts for top picks (especially for the ones that sign at 18 and go back to junior for two years) even though it rarely gets mentioned. It's less common for mid-tier guys to get it as far as I know. I think that provision is just in there in case the CHL starts up again but the AHL doesn't. They could loan Hillis back and he'd still at least get something beyond OHL per diem.
  17. CapFriendly used a placeholder of the max ELC base but the details of the contract are now as follows: 2020-21: $700,000 NHL salary, $92,500 signing bonus, $132,500 performance bonuses, $70,000 AHL salary, $10,500 junior salary 2021-22: $750,000 NHL salary, $92,500 signing bonus, $82,500 performance bonuses, $70,000 AHL salary 2022-23: $800,000 NHL salary, $80,000 signing bonus, no performance bonuses, $70,000 AHL salary
  18. Subban was the more dynamic blueliner and could take over a game in a way that Markov couldn't. But in terms of overall play, Markov was the more valuable of the two. He's someone that would be out there in all situations and made a lot of players that much better. Subban never really elevated the play of his partners the way Markov could.
  19. I'm a bit puzzled as to what took so long. This was basically obvious back in February when Bergevin made his comments about signing 1 out of the 4 and Hillis is the best one of that group. I was expecting this to be done in March.
  20. While the contract is structured to allow the Habs to start it this year, Bill Daly doesn't think it will be an option. https://thehockeynews.com/news/article/nhls-daly-would-be-very-surprised-if-alexander-romanov-is-eligible-to-play-this-season Kaprizov is in a similar situation to Romanov (on reserve list, no transfer agreement restricting when he could sign) so if he's a no-go, then Romanov couldn't start now either.
  21. He needs to go through waivers to get to the minors now so that's not really an option for him.
  22. For what it's worth, I don't think Chiarot is in the long-term plans either. He's a placeholder for the youngsters if they develop properly. A few years from now, their ideal LD would be the 'new guy' I suggested earlier, Romanov, and one of Harris, Struble or Norlinder. One expensive player (new guy), one mid-tier priced player by then (Romanov as he'd be on his second contract), and someone on an ELC (Harris/Struble/Norlinder). With regards to Mete's future, I don't think he's on Montreal's protection list a year from now, especially if Petry gets an early extension. That would have Weber and Petry as two of the three protectees with one of Chiarot, Mete, Fleury, and Juulsen fending for the other. Even though Romanov has played professionally the last two years, he's exempt at least.
  23. From Kevin Kurz of The Athletic: Worth noting, this was in the context of a thought on moving out one of Burns or Vlasic this offseason with Kurz surmising that Burns is the likelier to be dealt. https://theathletic.com/1799397/2020/05/07/a-9-step-plan-for-making-the-sharks-a-playoff-team-again-next-season/
  24. They might but I think they're hoping that a healthy (and waiver-eligible) Juulsen takes that spot while Fleury will be in the mix as well.
  25. I can see a scenario where his spot is in jeopardy. In a perfect world, Montreal's left defence next season could be new guy, Chiarot, and Romanov as the top three. Kulak would probably hang around as the seventh defender in that instance for insurance purposes in a role similar to what he had at times this year. As some point, the expectation is that Bergevin will consolidate some of his assets to make a splash on the trade market. As a (soon-to-be) 22-year-old with 171 games of NHL experience under his belt, that might give him some value along with the prospect(s) and/or pick(s) to try to land a capable top-four LD. I'm also not sure how much they're going to want to commit to him as his ideal role whenever this retooling comes to an end is actually a lesser one than he has now. He's a top-four option on the Habs most nights now but ideally, he's on the third pairing at best if their prospects pan out. Are they going to want to pay top-four money to someone they likely envision as more of a 5/6 player down the road? I'm not sure they do.
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