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Analysis of Habs cap space

Created by: pinslack
Initial Creation Date: Jun 20, 2019
Published: Jun 20 at 4:23 pm
Team: 2019-20 Montreal Canadiens
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I've been reading a lot of Armchair-GM posts last few weeks. I don’t usually contribute to forums even if I do read the posts. The fact that there’s no “thumbs up” or “like” function on Capfriendly to classify well thought posts from others make me click every post and some just make me lose my time with absurd trade/signing/numbers. But honestly most of the posts are interesting: they evaluate well the players and the needs of a team.

By contributing to the forum, as my first post, I want to establish the value of the players in our current roster or, in other words, how much cost the players in the Montreal Canadiens roster and how long would Bergevin sign them. To propose a realistic post, we have to in Bergevin’s head and think, as our first step, what term and AAV he would give to a player.

My first source to establish the value of a player is EW Contract Projections. You can find the data in a google : (https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/15E1qqh3OfHvvhbv_pICfKT7VR1jJEVhWQOyKviWLN54/edit#gid=707766415) Their projections give importance to advanced stats, but it do not seem to have a real impact on the value yet as the Kulak contract tells us.

My other source is the Compare this contract tool from Capfriendly.

Also, there’s a bit of my projection in there, coming a lot from the posts I’ve read here. So please feel free to criticize and contribute to this post to fix approximately the cap space Montreal would have during the summer!

Assuming we sign everyone in our current roster, the second step (and the fun part) would be to try to fix the needs of the Habs by signing UFA or trading. But before getting into the fun, let’s not neglect the first step!

tl;dr : help me fix the AAV and term of our guys

UFA
Benn = 2.3m AAV/2 years : If you take a look at the UFA, the offer for LD is really thin. There’s Gardner, Gunnarsson, Methot, Nemeth, Chariot and that’s about it. This places Benn in a good position where the demand can affect his value. Now, will there be demand? It would need a deeper analyse. IMO, his value can bring him closer to Coburn’s contract but the market could make it a 2.3m/2 years.

noticeable comparison :
Holden, signing age 31 (VGK) signed July 1st 2018 : 2.2/2 years
Pateryn, signing age 28 (MIN) signed July 1st 2018 : 2.25/3 years
Coburn, signing age 34 (TB) signed 18 June 2019 : 1.7/2 years

RFA
Lehkonen = 2.4m/2 years : EW Contract Projections projects Lehko at 2 years. I would have hesitate between 2 or 3. But they put Lehko at 3m which is too high when we compare IMO. Again, it might be the advanced stats that put him that high.

noticeable comparison:
Bjorkstrand, signing age 23 (CBL) signed 15 july 2018 : 2.5/3 years
Vatrano, signing age 25 (FLO) signed 23 feb 2019 : 2.53/3 years
Woods, signing age 22 (NJ) signed 22 sept. 2018 : 2.75/4 years

Armia = 2.8m/3 years : EW Contract Projections gives him 0.4m more than Lehko, which is about right to me. We saw Armia could bring something to the PP (and to the PK as Lehko) and he’s more dangerous in the offensive zone than Lehko. They put Armia either at 2 or 3 years with +0.5m AAV if it’s 3 years. To me, he’s closer to 3m than 2.5m for 3 years.

noticeable comparison:
Rust, signing age 26 (PIT) signed 26 june 2018 : 3.5/4 years
Haula, signing age 26 (VGK) signed 21 june 2017 : 2.75/3 years
Kase, signing age 25 (ANA) signed 15 august 2018 : 2.6/3 years

Reilly = 950k/ 1 year : Similar to what Kulak got last year in CGL. He has shown something early this year but that doesn’t get him over the million. One year because my guess is he’s not really in the plan for the future even if EW Contract Projections puts him at 2 year (and 1.3m AAV… again advanced stats I guess)

Hudon = 925k/ 1 year : When you haven’t proved anything with about 100 games played, you usually don’t get past the million (just do a quick research with Compare this contract). He has more potential than McCarron who got 875k last year mostly because he was a first pick.

Audette + Lernout are signed. Shinkaruk and McCarron seems like bust : not resigned.

Now : roster size is 23 max at the start of the season, we're at 27 with Alzner at Laval. Who do we get rid of? What should we do with the cap space? I might answer those questions in a second post.

Feel free to collaborate!
Free Agent Signings
RFAYEARSCAP HIT
Armia, Joel3$2,800,000
Lehkonen, Artturi2$2,400,000
Hudon, Charles1$925,000
Reilly, Mike1$950,000
UFAYEARSCAP HIT
Benn, Jordie2$2,300,000
Buyouts
  • Steve Mason: $1,366,667
Buried
  • Karl Alzner: $3,550,000 ($4,625,000)
DRAFT YEARROUND 1ROUND 2ROUND 3ROUND 4ROUND 5ROUND 6ROUND 7
2019
MTL
MTL
CBJ
MTL
MTL
ARI
CHI
EDM
MTL
WPG
2020
MTL
MTL
MTL
MTL
WPG
MTL
MTL
MTL
2021
MTL
MTL
MTL
MTL
MTL
MTL
MTL
ROSTER SIZESALARY CAPCAP HITOVERAGES BONUSESCAP SPACE
27$82,000,000$79,593,809$0$3,525,000$2,406,191

Roster

Left WingCenterRight Wing
MTL
Tatar, Tomas
$4,800,000
LW, RW
UFA - 2
MTL
Danault, Phillip
$3,083,333
C
UFA - 2
MTL
Gallagher, Brendan
$3,750,000
RW
UFA - 2
MTL
Drouin, Jonathan
$5,500,000
LW, RW, C
UFA - 4
MTL
Domi, Max
$3,150,000
C, LW
RFA - 1
MTL
Shaw, Andrew
$3,900,000
C, RW
UFA - 3
MTL
Byron, Paul
$3,400,000
LW, RW
UFA - 4
MTL
Kotkaniemi, Jesperi
$925,000
C, LW
RFA - 2
MTL
Armia, Joel
$2,800,000
RW
UFA - 2
MTL
Weal, Jordan
$1,400,000
C, RW, LW
UFA - 2
MTL
Thompson, Nate
$1,000,000
C
UFA - 1
MTL
Lehkonen, Artturi
$2,400,000
LW, RW
RFA - 2
Left DefenseRight DefenseGoaltender
MTL
Mete, Victor
$748,333
LD
RFA - 1
MTL
Weber, Shea
$7,857,143
RD
UFA - 7
MTL
Price, Carey
$10,500,000
G
NMC
UFA - 7
MTL
Kulak, Brett
$1,850,000
LD
UFA - 3
MTL
Petry, Jeff
$5,500,000
RD
NMC NTC
UFA - 2
MTL
Lindgren, Charlie
$750,000
G
UFA - 2
MTL
Benn, Jordie
$2,300,000
LD
UFA - 2
MTL
Juulsen, Noah
$863,333
RD
RFA - 1
ScratchesInjured Reserve (IR)Long Term IR (LTIR)
MTL
Reilly, Mike
$950,000
LD
UFA - 2
MTL
Folin, Christian
$800,000
RD
UFA - 1
MTL
Deslauriers, Nicolas
$950,000
RW, LW
UFA - 1
MTL
Weise, Dale
$2,350,000
RW, LW
UFA - 1
MTL
Peca, Matthew
$1,300,000
LW, C
UFA - 1
MTL
Hudon, Charles
$925,000
LW, RW
RFA - 1
MTL
Poehling, Ryan
$925,000
C
RFA - 2

Special Teams

Power Play 1
Domi, M.
Shaw, A.
Armia, J.
Drouin, J.
Weber, S.
Power Play 2
Kotkaniemi, J.
Danault, P.
Gallagher, B.
Mete, V.
Petry, J.
Penalty Kill 1
Danault, P.
Lehkonen, A.
Benn, J.
Weber, S.
Penalty Kill 2
Thompson, N.
Byron, P.
Kulak, B.
Petry, J.

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Jun 20 at 4:32
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Bergevin told the media that they wont sign Benn and they didnt make qualificatives offers to Audette and Lernout
Jun 20 at 4:33
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Also he did qualify Mccaron
Jun 20 at 4:47
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Pretty good analyse ,

Your point about Armia sounds good to me , I have never seen his impact from that point as you are.In my eyes Panik should replaced him and give more opportunites to HABS.

But that s mean only , Panik is a player whom I know so much better.

With your current space HABS need to sign reliable backup for season or two. McELHINNEY is someone who could help us.
Jun 20 at 4:49
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Frankyhabs
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With this lineup, when KK will be ready to take more minutes, it could look like this :
Tatar-Danault-Gallagher (vs opposite 1st line)
Domi-KK-Shaw (vs opposite 2nd line)
Drouin-Poehling-Armia (vs opposite 3rd or 4th)
Byron-Weal-Lechko (vs opposite 3rd or 4th)
Would you be ok (confortable) with these lines ?
At D :
Mete-Weber
Kulak-Petry
??-Julsenn
Folin (7th)
With benn going to test UFA, Who would you put with Julsenn ? Ouelett ?
Jun 20 at 4:57
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In terms of cap space, a trade like last year (Steve Mason's trade) should be considered. I'm sure we can agree that next year should be a year of development for our young team and no major contract (Panarin, Duchesne, etc.) should be signed by the Habs.

The first team I thought of for this type of trade would be Vegas with Clarkson's contract. What do you think? What could we receive in this type of trade?
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Jun 20 at 4:59
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Quoting: beavereater
Bergevin told the media that they wont sign Benn and they didnt make qualificatives offers to Audette and Lernout


As per my understanding, Bergevin said that he would wait about Benn but he didn't told Habs wont sign him?
Jun 20 at 5:06
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Edited Jun 20 at 5:18
Quoting: beavereater
Bergevin told the media that they wont sign Benn


Just heard it. That's not really surprising considering there's so few LD on the market. But will the contract look like Jack Johnson's one at PIT? I think not. For example, Moore at BOS signed 2.75m AAV for 5 years at 27 years old. At 31, Benn could get 3 years at about the same AAV (edit : probably more like 3m AAV actually)
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Jun 20 at 5:17
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Quoting: Frankyhabs
With benn going to test UFA, Who would you put with Julsenn ? Ouelett ?


It could be a last chance for Rielly. But this will surely intensify the Gostisbehere trade rumors in Armchair GMs posts (even if, IMO, Flyers have a solid defense as it is with, at last, a solid goalkeeper)
Jun 20 at 5:29
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Good analysis but nothing really new.

Benn OUT IN Reilly, send Weise & Peca to Laval saves extra 2M + Benn 2,5= your New cap should be around 73M...
That leave us with 9M of free money without any tradesss Like moving Shaw +2nd for the Ghost or nothing irrealistic... as we will need to saves money for Domi payout next season! 7M$ if he make a second 60pts+!!!
Questions: What would be your target to ameliorate this team... only ONE move
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Jun 20 at 5:29
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Quoting: Feel_the_cross
Clarkson's contract


They might shop Eakins/Haula/Holden/Miller before shopping this 1 year contract that can be burried once the season is started. It's hard to fix a value for a LTIR too
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Jun 20 at 6:05
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Quoting: DomCholette
Questions: What would be your target to ameliorate this team... only ONE move


It's all about the PP. Instead of being 30/31 (thanks Nashville), just getting +5 ranks would have gotten us into playoffs. Assuming that on 5v5 our guys continue their domination (the word is strong but we're not too far from it) - and that's a big assumption because we had like 6-7 guys with record seasons - a better PP makes the difference.

What is lacking on the PP is a good shooter (other than Weber). Galchenyuk and Paccio had the kind of shots we are lacking : from the high slots. Armia (which I think has potential on PP) has showed some abilities on PP but in the slot, close to the net, with his loooong and heavy stick, but thats not a shooter. Neither is Drouin, Domi (always looking for the pass) or Tatar, Gallagher (5v5 machines, but nothing special on PP).

I might elabore this comment on an other post, but for now, I'll simply say that Mete with Weber is a good duo with Weber slowing down (that does scare me). His skating really helps him just like Subban helped Markov to compensate his lack of speed. In short, we need a skater with Weber and I don't if Gostisbehere can do in defense what Mete does.

So I'll answer your question : sign Brad Hunt (1m 1 year, maybe he'll ask for 2 year) to replace Benn, put him on the 2nd PP and let's hope he gets us some goals (enough to jump 5 rank on PP). That's the most conservative option (and I know Bergevin would like that). That let us 8m to make a move during the year (if your 73m was right)
Jun 20 at 6:08
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DomCholette
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Quoting: pinslack
It's all about the PP. Instead of being 30/31 (thanks Nashville), just getting +5 ranks would have gotten us into playoffs. Assuming that on 5v5 our guys continue their domination (the word is strong but we're not too far from it) - and that's a big assumption because we had like 6-7 guys with record seasons - a better PP makes the difference.

What is lacking on the PP is a good shooter (other than Weber). Galchenyuk and Paccio had the kind of shots we are lacking : from the high slots. Armia (which I think has potential on PP) has showed some abilities on PP but in the slot, close to the net, with his loooong and heavy stick, but thats not a shooter. Neither is Drouin, Domi (always looking for the pass) or Tatar, Gallagher (5v5 machines, but nothing special on PP).

I might elabore this comment on an other post, but for now, I'll simply say that Mete with Weber is a good duo with Weber slowing down (that does scare me). His skating really helps him just like Subban helped Markov to compensate his lack of speed. In short, we need a skater with Weber and I don't if Gostisbehere can do in defense what Mete does.

So I'll answer your question : sign Brad Hunt (1m 1 year, maybe he'll ask for 2 year) to replace Benn, put him on the 2nd PP and let's hope he gets us some goals (enough to jump 5 rank on PP). That's the most conservative option (and I know Bergevin would like that). That let us 8m to make a move during the year (if your 73m was right)
Jun 20 at 6:10
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DomCholette
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Quoting: DomCholette


I agree Habs need a shooter on PP... that's why having a guy like Ghost would free up Weber or leave him for a big blast.
Otherwise, do you think Chariot in Winnipeg could be a good fit on the 2nd pair with Petry and first on PP?
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Jun 20 at 6:30
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Quoting: DomCholette
I agree Habs need a shooter on PP... that's why having a guy like Ghost would free up Weber or leave him for a big blast.
Otherwise, do you think Chariot in Winnipeg could be a good fit on the 2nd pair with Petry and first on PP?


On the market, for LD, there will be Benn (just confirmed), Gardner, Gunnarsson, Nemeth and Chariot (not much more offer for RD by the way). We can easily imagine that those guys will be overpayed and that is what scares me. It's why it is safer to go for a lower ranked guy like Hunt. Also, the solution on PP might not be by the addition of a defender, but by a winger. I'd want to see Mete-Weber and Kulak-Petry again before adding a top 4 LD because those guys still develop and, let's be honest, we aren't contender next year : at the very least we'll make the playoffs. After all, I'm conservative.
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Jun 20 at 9:30
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Quoting: pinslack
On the market, for LD, there will be Benn (just confirmed), Gardner, Gunnarsson, Nemeth and Chariot (not much more offer for RD by the way). We can easily imagine that those guys will be overpayed and that is what scares me. It's why it is safer to go for a lower ranked guy like Hunt. Also, the solution on PP might not be by the addition of a defender, but by a winger. I'd want to see Mete-Weber and Kulak-Petry again before adding a top 4 LD because those guys still develop and, let's be honest, we aren't contender next year : at the very least we'll make the playoffs. After all, I'm conservative.


I think we have the asset to get a guy like: Murray CBJ, TJ Brodie CGY, Ghost PHI with Lehko or Shaw + 2nd and a Mid Prospect like Evans, Olofsson etc...
Jun 21 at 2:13
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I love your work. It should always be done that way.

But, let be honest, that was the easy part. Once RFAs values are set (Benn is out and I hope Reilly doesn't get an offert) :

1. How can we unload some cap space (Weise, Alzner, Peca, Hudon... Shaw?)
2. How can we get a backup goalie that can get 10 wins out of 20 games at least?
3.How do we fix LD?
4. How do we fix the PP?


Quoting: DomCholette
I think we have the asset to get a guy like: Murray CBJ, TJ Brodie CGY, Ghost PHI with Lehko or Shaw + 2nd and a Mid Prospect like Evans, Olofsson etc...


Ghost/Gardiner (not reliable enough on defence for a first pairing)
Murray (big health issues)
Brodie (he plays right side)

None of those are good options.
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Jun 21 at 10:23
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Quoting: DomCholette
I think we have the asset to get a guy like: Murray CBJ, TJ Brodie CGY, Ghost PHI with Lehko or Shaw + 2nd and a Mid Prospect like Evans, Olofsson etc...


How about guys like Leddy, Brodin, Lindholm or Nurse instead ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Could be a bit more expensive, but if you include Shaw in a deal, you solve 3 of our 4 problems.

As for the backup goalie, there isn't a lot of choices with decent age/stats. I think Talbot and Mrazek would be the best options but they will stay with their team or go to the highest bidder on the market. If Elliot whants to sign for more than 3 mils/ 2 years, I call my buddy in Florida to get Reimer if I'm Bergy. How sick would it be to get Luongo instead? Not gonna happen though...
 
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