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Qualified Habs RFAs, Get Ready for Free Agency | Addresses

Jesperi Kotkaniemi (Photo by Eric Bolt – USA TODAY Sports)

Rocket sports media | Montreal, QC. – It’s another busy off-season week as the NHL free agent bidding is set to open on Wednesday at noon ET. Canadians were attached to many unrestricted free agents. Montreal on Monday took the first step in securing its restricted free agents.

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Canadians submit eligible bids

Ahead of Monday’s deadline, Montreal Canadiens have submitted eligible bids for six restricted free agents including strikers. Jesperi Kotkaniemi, Artturi Lehkonen, Michael Pezzetta, Ryan Poehling, defense Otto Liskinen, the goalkeeper Michael McNavin.

Liskinin was Laval’s best defender last season, scoring 17 points in 33 games. The 24-year-old recently signed a two-year contract with Jokerit in Finland. By submitting a qualified bid, Canadians retain the rights to Liskinen.

straight ahead Joseph Blandisi You did not receive a qualifying offer and you will become an unrestricted free agent. Blandesi was Laval Rocket’s third-best scorer last season.

straight ahead Jacob Luchini He did not receive an eligible offer because he signed a one-year contract with AHL with Laval Rocket on July 16.

Only positive feedback

Since the final chapter on the Canadiens’ amazing Stanley Cup race was written, there’s been a steady stream of challenging news stories for Habs fans. The return of the Montreal captain is highly unlikely, the general manager has risked his franchise player by using him as a shield, and Marc Bergievin shocked the hockey world during the draft.

And therefore, Paul Byron I thought it would be a good time to turn back the clock to remind fans of the joy they experienced during the Cup Final and step into ideas for next season with the Bale center in full swing.

Wideman coming to Montreal?

On Monday, Chris Johnston mentioned it Chris Weidman “Good bet to land with #habs in free agency.” The 31-year-old right-back scored 41 points in 59 appearances last season in the Premier League. Wideman hasn’t played a full season in the NHL since 2016-17.

St. Louis Blues reporter Andy Strickland confirmed the report later today. Wideman is eligible to sign a contract when the free agency opens on Wednesday.

Imprisonment of those interested in Savard

After lifting the Stanley Cup with Lightning for the first time, David Savard He might be interested in returning to Quebec to play for the Canadians according to Elliot Friedman. The 30-year-old is a suspended unrestricted free agent coming off a five-year contract worth $21.25 million.

Savard scored 1 goal, 5 assists for 6 with a -27-point rating in 54 games in the 2020-21 season.

Like Weidmann, Savard is a true defensive man. With Cale Fleury and Noah Juulsen leaving the establishment over the past year and no Shea Weber available next season at least, the Canadiens have made the RHD placement a remaining priority with only Jeff Petry and Josh Brook currently checking that box.

Another Quebec for black

The Trois-Rivieres lions signed with defender Olivier Gallebeau. The 24-year-old Montrealer is coming off a Kelly Cup winning season with the Fort Wayne Comets.

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