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Montreal Canadiens: the 2024-25 edition of the team promises to be monstrous


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MarcO
July 11, 2023  (7:49 PM)
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This morning, the Canadiens announced the long-awaited signing of Alex Newhook. The young forward will earn a salary of 2.9 million for the next four years.

It's a very good contract, especially as Newhook will be placed in a role to produce, most likely on a top-six forward.
With this agreement, Kent Hughes gives himself a great deal of leeway for the 2024-25 season. In fact, there will only be Samuel Montembeault, Justin Barron and Arber Xhekaj to sign, and more than $15 million in payroll.
If we put Carey Price's contract on the long-term injury list, a further 10.5 million will be added to that 15 million.
With Newhook's $2.9 million contract, the Habs should have just over $15 million under the salary cap next summer, with just Montembeault/Xhekaj/Barron to sign. That includes Price's contract. The Canadiens will have a lot of flexibility with their payroll. It should be an exciting summer."

"If we put Price on the long-term injured list, it just went up to over $25 million. There will be bonuses to pay, and the cap might not go up by $4 million as expected, but that would still leave plenty of room to make a major move."

- HabsLinks

This summer, Hughes was pretty handcuffed, but this is the last season that happens. Next summer, he'll have all the space he needs to build a much more competitive team.
It's also worth remembering that a number of big names signed short one-year deals this summer, which means that a lot of good free agents will be available this time next year.
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Montreal Canadiens: the 2024-25 edition of the team promises to be monstrous

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