Now that Marc Bergiveen is no longer the team’s general manager, the Montreal Canadiens will logically undergo some changes even before the end of this season.
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Below is a list of five players who qualify for full independence and could help another team in the coming months.
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Veteran defender Ben Chiarot is perhaps the best bargaining chip for the Canadian. Spending the final year of a three-year contract, with an average salary of $3.5 million, Chiarot will likely pique the interest of many teams aiming for the next playoffs. With a good build, he also provided honorary services to CH during the last series, having been the most used player with an average of 25 minutes and 15 seconds per game. In 22 playoffs, he also led the team in body checks (88) and blockbusters (48).
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Without changing the entire team’s defensive lineup, Brett Kulak is the one who can add significant depth to the Blue Line. With an annual salary of $1.85 million, it is a lower cost solution for a team working to meet the salary cap. Like Ben Chiaroot, Kulak is set to become an unrestricted free agent in July 2022.
Quebec striker Cedric Paquette has already lifted the Stanley Cup in 2020 with Tampa Bay Lightning. He also has a total of 95 games of playoff experience in the National Hockey League. Having signed a one-year, $950,000 contract with the Canadians before the start of the current season, the Montreal club could let him go in exchange for a late pick for the next draft.
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Chris Wideman is regularly used to the power game with the Canadians, and he certainly wouldn’t have that luxury of playing for any of the top clubs in the National Hockey League. Despite everything, it is said that the hockey team has never been deep enough on the blue line. However, in his case, CH cannot hope for a significant return if a transaction occurs.
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Canadians fans probably don’t want to see Mathieu Perrault leaving, on October 23 he set fire to Bale’s center with a hat-trick. Since then, the Quebec striker has been injured and limited to eight matches with a lock up so far. However, Perreault’s versatility could attract another club, as well as give it a try. A calculated risk given his salary of $950,000.
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