Will Worth need to be a part of the Canadiens rebuild?
Sportsnet: Montreal Canadiens Carey Price has but to play a sport this season. He carries a $10.5 million cap hit by 2025-26. If Worth is ready to return this season and play properly, it might enhance his commerce inventory.
Elliotte Friedman mentioned on 32 Ideas: The Podcast that perhaps Worth will determine to take the yr off now that the Olympics are out of the query to work on his bodily and psychological well being.
Friedman wonders if Worth and Canadiens would have a chat in regards to the groups’ rebuilding plan and if he’d need to be part of it.
“Would the Canadiens and Worth say properly perhaps one other group would possibly need you, however the one method that would work is should you get wholesome and play some video games this yr so different groups can see that you simply’re alright. I believe in some unspecified time in the future that dialog goes to need to occur.”
Golden Knights could have a number of choices when they should clear cap house
Jesse Granger of The Athletic: There isn’t any timeline on when Max Pacioretty will return from his wrist surgical procedure. It’s not anticipated that he can be on the LTIR all season lengthy to ‘assist’ the Vegas Golden Knights wage cap scenario when Jack Eichel is able to return.
The Golden Knights could must clear as a lot as $10 million if all gamers are wholesome. They’d additionally must waive some gamers which might embrace a mixture of Michael Amadio, Adam Brooks, Ben Hutton, Keegan Kolesar, Brett Howden and Dylan Coghlan. With their roster quantity at 23, they could must shed slightly below $6.95 million.
Buying and selling Max Pacioretty ($7 million), William Karlsson ($5.9 million) or Shea Theodore ($5.2 million) would transfer out more cash however would create one other gap. Theodore would carry again the largest return. Extremely unlikely any are moved.
Commerce defenseman Alec Martinez and his $5.25 million cap hit. In the event that they moved him and changed him with Ben Hutton and his $750,000 cap hit, it might give them a 20-man roster of $81.6 million.