The total amount of the contract amounts to 13.45 million dollars, while the annual average is 3.3625 million. A term carefully considered by the general manager of the Montreal Canadiens.
If we had made a two-year contract, it is certain that the number would have been lower, but possibly that the next one would have been higher, explained Hughes, who says he also considered contracts lasting two and three years. Since Kirby is five years away from becoming an unrestricted free agent, four years allowed him more time to acclimate to the group and we had a number that worked under the salary cap.
The 21-year-old center was acquired from the Chicago Blackhawks in the first round of the National Hockey League’s (NHL) final draft in a three-team trade with the New York Islanders as well.
General manager Kent Hughes traded Alexander Romanov to the Islanders for their top pick, which was immediately traded to the Blackhawks for Dach. He still wants to be careful with his young center player.
I believe both parties are betting on each other right now to create a favorable environment for Kirby, explained Kent Hughes. We don’t know, we believe in him, but that doesn’t mean he’s expected to carry the Montreal Canadiens on his back in October 2022. We want to create this process in which he will continue to growing up. He is only 21 years old.
Injured more often than not, the Alberta hockey player, who has 59 points (19 goals) in 152 NHL games over three seasons, confirms that he is in good health. He made a point of mentioning that he never stopped believing in these means despite his lackluster performance.
I’m in good spirits, my game is good and it was good to share the rink with some players today,” said Dach. What I have to remember coming here is to play freely, be creative and trust my instincts more. I have to believe in myself around the net, shoot the puck a little more and be the complete player that I want to be. I worked on it for a good part of the summer so as to make people forget the last three years.
At the end of his three seasons internship in the major junior ranks with the Saskatoon Blades, in the WHL, Dach was drafted at the 3rd level, in 2019, by the Blackhawks.
Price absent for a long time
On the other hand, Hughes indicated that Carey Price’s name had been placed on the long-term injured list, as he had already announced in mid-August, because of his knee injury.
This movement will allow the Habs to obtain a reduction in the team’s payroll. The 35-year-old goalkeeper’s salary accounts for $10.5 million annually.
The general manager said Price’s knee had not responded positively to the treatment he had been subjected to and he had no choice but to put his name on the long-term injured list.
Ideally, Hughes would like to complete another trade by the start of the season to give him more breathing room.
Monahan and Drouin are approaching a comeback
Forwards Sean Monahan (hip) and Jonathan Drouin (wrist), both on the sidelines in recent months, could be ready to return to action at the start of the next campaign.
Monahan will put on the skates on Thursday. It is at this time that the organization will know more about his state of health.
If the two players aren’t fit to return on Oct. 12 at the Bell Centre, Hughes believes it will only be a matter of weeks. The CH will host the Toronto Maple Leafs in the first game of the 2022-2023 season.