Withheld wages that could complicate things.

An NHL team can retain part of the salary (50% maximum) of three players it has decided to trade. It’s zero, one, two or three. Impossible to do this with a fourth player until one of the selected contracts expires.

Retaining 50% of the salary of a guy who makes $6 million a year and is about to become a free agent often makes trades easier at the deadline. Some teams even offer draft picks to others to act as a third team in tough trades.

Among the Canadians, two positions are already occupied by Joel Edmundson and Jeff Petry. Edmundson until this summer and Petry until June 2025…

So there’s room to take some of Jake Allen, Tanner Pearson or David Savard’s salary this season.

Since we agree that Pearson and Allen have 100% of their contract, they are non-negotiable. Their respective value is probably negative.

The problem is that retaining salary on a third contract (say Allen or Pearson) would prevent Kent Hughes from making it in the draft. And this is where big businesses often come together.

Knowing that Kent Hughes insists on demanding a draft pick in exchange for Jake Allen surprises me. Even if Hughes managed to get a fourth-round pick in exchange for Jake Allen (at 50% of his salary/salary cap), perhaps it would still be a bad transaction, as it would block any potential salary deductions made before July 1.

Do we really want to choose between 4 or 5?

Those who think Hughes could get more than a fourth-round pick in exchange for Allen (or Pearson) for 50% of his salary are dreaming wildly. Last summer, Kent Hughes only managed to get third and seventh round picks in exchange for Joel Edmundson at 50% of his salary/salary cap. And he only had a contract for a year, not a year and a half…

Where am I going with all this?
Did the Canadian do the right thing by taking 50% of Joel Edmundson’s salary last summer, knowing that in return he only got a pick 3 and a pick 7? If he hadn’t retained salary, would the Caps have offered less or simply opted out? ” table “ talks?

A third-round pick only has a 27% chance of playing 100+ games in the NHL. (and very small chances of becoming a star player). As for the 7th round pick, I’ll let you decide the odds…

This morning, many observers believe Edmundson will be traded before March 8th.

The Capitals are in the process of trading Joel Edmundsonto use Elliotte Friedman’s words.

Edmundson occupies level 19 of the Business Watch List of The fourth period

And 36th place on a similar list prepared by Daily confrontation (Frank Seravalli).

With the Capitals on the verge of missing the playoffs, I don’t see why they would want to retain the services of a veteran third-pair defenseman on the brink of full free agency.

How much can (the fragile) Edmundson be worth now? A third round pick? Four?

It will be interesting to follow this, to see if the Canadian could have gotten the same as last July by waiting before sacrificing Edmundson. Therefore, he could have paid Edmundson to play for him, rather than for the Tapas.

Although the left side of Montreal’s defense is already very busy, that young people could develop better and that I am a great fan from the old saying “One is better than two, you will understand.”

Stay That all of this makes an interesting point: you have to be careful before withholding part of the salary of a player you want to transfer, especially when you are in reconstruction and what periods like the deadline or the draft can bring you good assets if you still have room for one or two withheld wages.

Before retaining some of Jake Allen or Tanner Pearson’s salary in exchange for a risky pick between now and March 8, Kent Hughes will have to make sure it doesn’t prevent him from completing a bigger (and more interesting) deal in the week of the draft in June.

Petry, in particular, reported a choice four, but occupies one of three spots under the title “withheld wages” of the Montreal team. CH should not be able to add an interesting attacker because the other team demands that we keep part of the salary of one of our sacrificed players… but we cannot do so because of the reason for the trade “Petry vs fourth round pick (conditional plus)” .

At least the Canadiens GM will always have the option of simply taking a player from the other team with negative value due to his contract like he did with Pearson and Monahan.

But not every team has a player at that salary without a no-trade clause to sacrifice.


Speaking of big salaries, no one misses Brendan Gallagher since he was suspended by George Parros…

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