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Marc Bergevin’s Next Move

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Now that P.K. Subban is under contract for a very long time, many Habs fans are looking at the next possible move from Montreal’s General Manager, Marc Bergevin.

It seems like the Habs still have $2,651,667 available to bolster their lineup. Some are thinking about an enforcer, a winger or even a depth defenseman. There’s still a couple of interesting players left on the market as of today.

The only problem is that Bergevin didn’t really have any money left, unless he borrows it from next year’s Salary Cap.

The Habs got $3,682,500 in bonus this year. That amount doesn’t count on the cap…yet! But it will count at the end of the year (if those ELC players with bonuses achieve their objective) and if those bonuses push the team’s cap payroll higher than the cap limit at the end of the year, the overage is carried over as a penalty the following season.

Meaning, if all Habs players get their bonus, the Habs will have a penalty of $1,030,833 on next year’s cap limit. Just this year, Boston got more than $4M in penalty and Detroit got more than $3M.
Marc Bergevin can still use that $2.6M this year, but it would be very dangerous for next year’s cap.

The Habs already have 13 forwards locked for next season: Pacioretty, Galchenyuk, Gallagher, Eller, Plekanec, Parenteau, Bourque, Malhotra, Desharnais, Weise, Moen, Prust and Bournival.

That doesn’t include any rookies cracking the lineup such as Sekac or Andrighetto. I think it’s clear that a trade is the only move Bergevin can do to help his forwards group. If a young kid steps up at training camp, if Bergevin wants an enforcer or another winger…a trade must come first.

On the blue line, we’re going to see Markov, Subban, Emelin, Gilbert and Weaver. There’s still one open spot for either Beaulieu or Tinordi. Marc Bergevin might be looking for a 7th defenseman but then again, we’ve got many kids such as Pateryn, Nygren and Tinordi/Beaulieu…and Davis Drewiske (he’s still here) to fill these shoes.

If we look at the Salary Cap situation, the lineup and the depth chart, Bergevin’s next move should either be a 7th defenseman or a trade involving forwards or others…and personally, I’m expecting a trade (even if it’s a minor trade) before or during training camps.

With Budaj, Tokarski (who apparently has to go through waivers before being sent back to Hamilton) and Macdonald…one must go.

There’s always the curious cases of Rene Bourque and Travis Moen. Do they still have a place in our lineup? Most Habs fans don’t even include Moen in their projection. Bourque was incredible in the 2014 playoffs but has also been invisible most of the time since he arrived in Montreal. Will Bournival still play as a 13th forward this year? Will any rookies such as Sekac or Andrighetto push one of these guys out of the lineup?

And there’s always this undying logjam at center…

Many questions left unanswered, summer is still not over and some answers might only come during training camp.

One month to go (for hardcore Habs fans) until we see some glimpse of hockey! And a huge Thanks to all those who follow us on Twitter (@Rabidhabs & @HabsCrazyNumber) and Facebook. You guys are the best!

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One Comment

  1. Duke

    August 9, 2014 at 11:44 am

    I’d say given the cap situation the door might be open for a nice trade, setting Chucky at C and Desharnais into the 3rd pairing (PP specialist). Pleky might be out the door, which sucks because Marchand hates him 🙁 but a 1st round pick in 2015 might piss Marchand off even more so we’ll see! Options are plenty.