Big statement from Rafaël Harvey-Pinard's agent regarding his next contract to be negotiated this summer
BY MARCO MARCH 27, 2023 (3:37 PM)
All that remains to be settled now is his next contract. It will be a one-year contract, that's for sure. But for the rest, we didn't have much information. Speaking to Jean-Charles Lajoie on BPM Sports, RHP's new agent, Philippe Lecavalier, agreed to provide some details.
Among other things, the fact that it will probably not be a long-term contract, as Joel Bouchard wanted earlier this week (he had mentioned a contract of $1.5 million per season for 4 years).
We would rather talk about a contract of 1 to 3 seasons.
For sure, a one season contract would not be ideal for the Habs. At the same time, it's understandable for RHP to sign for the short term, to prove what he can do for another season to come back to the table even stronger.
RHP is excelling this year. There is no taking away from him. But there are still some doubts. Will he be able to repeat such performances? Once everyone is healthy, will he be able to be as productive playing with lesser players? Will he be as productive under more pressure?
And the only way to answer those questions is to see him play under those circumstances. If he comes back next season and scores 20 goals, we won't be talking about a salary of less than 2 million. Maybe he could double what he would make if he signed long-term now.
But that's a two-edged sword. He could also get hurt, or he might not be able to perform as well. We're talking about a guy who still has the pedal to the floor, though. Even if he doesn't score 20 goals, he'll still be able to be useful to the team. He's going to block shots, he's going to be good at forechecking, he's going to get in front of the net.
So it will be a very interesting case to follow.
In 29 games this season, Harvey-Pinard had 17 points, including 12 goals.