Thursday 29 May 2014

Which players will not return to the Canadiens next season?

Members of the Montreal Canadiens can hang their heads high for an amazing playoff run.

So what can we expect next year? Who won't be back?

Peter Budaj has one more left on a contract which pay him $1.4 million as a backup. I cannot see how he can return in that role given the amazing performance of Dustin Tokarski. Look for him to be traded, put on waivers or possibly bought out.

Travis Moen
Travis Moen  represents one of GM Marc Bergevin's worst moves. Soon after Bergevin's arrival he handed Moen a four year, $7.4 million contract. He has two years left and I do not see too many takers for him.

Douglas Murray was brought in on a one year contract. He barely played in post-season play. Off he goes.

Francis Bouillon is 38 years old. Look for him to retire and be hired in some capacity by the organization.

Brian Gionta completed the final season of a five year, $25 million contract. He could return at a much lower salary. My guess is he will end up back in New Jersey to finish his career.

We are stuck with Daniel Briere for one more year at $4 million. Another questionable move by Bergevin.

George Parros is "gone, gone, gone." He was brought in to be a policeman, had an unfortunate accident in his first game when Colton Orr flipped him over on his head and onto the ice and he was never really the same again. 

Thomas Vanek is gone. Bergevin made a good move acquiring him. He helped in the playoff run, but tanked in the Rangers series.

Andrei Markov is a question mark. Will his asking price be too high?

Will prospect and former first round draft choice Louis Leblanc be released or traded?

Acquiring Dale Weise and Mike Weaver on waivers were Bergevin's best moves. They should be signed.
Nathan Beaulieu and Jarred Tinordi are likely to make the team for real next season.

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