Montreal Canadiens Rebuild Part 2

All images are from NHL 19.

This post continues from last week with the beginning of the Montreal Canadiens Franchise Mode in NHL 19. Prior to the start of the pre-season the trades and signings that I made in addition to my rationales are documented below.

Trades:

Major Trades

1) The current cornerstone of the franchise Carey Price along with Jeff Petry were shipped out to Vancouver for Elias Pettersson and two draft picks. Initially, I offered Price straight across for Pettersson but the offer was rejected; to pry him away from Vancouver I just had to add Petry and I was also able to secure a few late draft picks coming back. This was enough to get the deal done, especially they were interested in acquiring these two players. Pettersson has a very high ceiling and is likely to slot into our top-six forward group right now.

2) To help add to a team that is already doing well with a phenomenal defensive core I moved Shea Weber back to Nashville for Filip Forsberg and two late picks. He will be skating on the first line this season and will continue to grow as he is only 24.

3) With the acquisition of Pettersson and Forsberg there was a large void left on the backend and in the crease. Having Pettersson and Kotkaniemi as centers, I felt it was easier to trade Jonathan Drouin to fill the need. Ryan Murray and Jonas Korpisalo along with two draft picks were acquired from the Columbus Blue Jackets. These two players are on expiring contracts and will require extensions.

Minor Trades

1) Philadelphia expressed interest in Karl Alzner and we were able to acquire a third-round draft pick and create roughly $4.5-million in cap space.

2) Similar to Philadelphia, Carolina was interested in Tomas Tatar, Tomas Plekanec and Paul Byron. However, instead of trading for a draft pick Haydn Fleury was acquired to help round out the defensive core; hopefully he will develop into a top-four defenseman in the long run.

3) To draft a team must have draft picks. But to be successful in the draft a team must possess great scouts. The following trade was made with the previous few statements in mind. Phillip Danault, David Schlemko and Joel Armia were packaged to Nashville for a first and fifth round pick.

4) Similar to the previous trade, Brendan Gallagher was sent to the Pittsburgh Penguins for a first, third and fourth round pick.

5) A multi-player trade was made with the New York Rangers. Five depth players were moved for two late draft picks.

6) Similar to the previous trade, three depth players were moved to the Colorado Avalanche for three late draft picks.

7) Yet again another depth player was moved, this time to the Winnipeg Jets for a late draft pick.

8) With the Tampa Bay Lightning looking for depth in the crease, Antti Niemi and Michael McNiven were traded for three late draft picks.

Unsuccessful Trades

1) Trying to move Andrew Shaw and his contract was an issue. I was unable to find a trade partner who was willing to take Shaw for a seventh-round pick. However, overpaying to trade him away or retain some of his salary would make it easier to move him. Since this team has a plethora of cap space, a Shaw trade is not imminent. But when rookies with expiring entry level contracts are looking for a payday and this team is near the cap ceiling, Shaw will have to be moved regardless of what is required to move him.  The team trading block has been updated to include Andrew Shaw. Hopefully, we receive an offer for him.

Signings:

Forwards

1) Mike Cammalleri was signed to a one-year deal at $1,075,000 to fill the role of the second line center. He was the best option available in free agency.

2) Tomas Jurco was signed to a one-year deal at $650,000 to fill the role of the second line right winger. Since he is only 25 hopefully he will continue to develop and eventually become a third/fourth line staple on this team once it becomes a contender.

3) Upshall, Vermette and Jokinen were signed to one-year deals at $650,000 to play on the fourth line.

4) Logan Shaw, Stephen Gionta, Freddie Hamilton and David Booth were signed to one-year deals to provide depth in Laval.

Defense

1) Kevin Bieksa was signed to a one-year deal at $650,000 to fill the role of a second pairing defenseman. He was the best option available in free agency.

2) Dennis Seidenberg, Duncan Siemens and Clayton Stoner were signed to one-year deals to provide depth in Laval.

Goalies

1) Steve Mason was signed to a one-year deal at $750,000 to back up Jonas Korpisalo.

2) Denis Godla was signed to a two-year deal at the league minimum $650,000 to provide goaltending depth in Laval.

Extensions

1) Daniel Audette’s contract was extended by three-years at $750,000 per year to provide depth in Laval.

 

As the new General Manager of the Montreal Canadiens, I can say that this rebuild is in full effect. Tune in next week for the team’s lineup, captaincy announcement, season simulation and more!

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