Joel Edmundson and Montreal Canadiens UFA Sport-rated
Canadians have options to trade joel edmundson This summer
Marco D’Amico of Montreal Hockey Now: D’Amico writes that while the Montreal Canadiens couldn’t get the right time or price for defenseman Joel Edmundson at the NHL trade deadline, they will have more options once summer rolls around.
As D’Amico writes, there were a handful of teams that were interested in trading for Edmundson. However, missing most of February due to injury prevented him from being traded. So the timing was not right.
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Edmundson will remain with the Canadiens for the remainder of the season, but still has a year left on his contract that carries a $3.5 million salary cap. If he can stay healthy and have a good rest of the season, the teams that were interested in him at the deadline will be there again in the summer.
There could be more teams involved in the summer, and with a retention job open, this could give teams looking to add a player like Edmundson some salary-cap flexibility.
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Marc Dumont of Montreal Hockey now: Dumont writes with the NHL Trade Deadline going back and forth, the Canadiens are looking ahead to summer as they have ten players on the roster who didn’t sign beyond this season. There is an even division between restricted and unrestricted free agents.
One of the big names discussed is downtown. Sean Monahan. Monahan was having a comeback for the Canadiens, but he has yet to return to the lineup since he was placed on injured reserve. Although he brings speed in transition play and contributes in all three zones, the fact that he has yet to recover from injury means it’s time to move to Montreal.
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Another player the Canadiens will likely leave behind, Dumont writes, is Jonathan Drouin. Drouin never really found his bearings in Montreal. Although the last few months of him is showing why he can stay in the NHL. As Dumont writes, he takes a one-year trial contract with a club that he can use.
The last two pending UFA are Paul Byron other Chris Tierney. Tierney doesn’t fit into what Montreal is doing long term and with the rise of Alex Belzile, Tierney is replaceable. Belzile has earned another chance to stay at the club as he is a perfect fourth line player.
Byron, like Monahan and others on the team, is too prone to injury. There’s no denying his contributions, as he’s one of the good guys in the NHL. Unfortunately, his time in Montreal is probably over.