Alex Newhook's Imminent Signing with the Habs: A Clue Has Just Been Revealed Regarding the Terms of His Next Contract

Published July 7, 2023 at 1:03 PM
BY ELIAS
Some fans started getting concerned about the Montreal Canadiens' new acquisition, Alex Newhook, who still hasn't signed a contract with the team despite the trade having taken place 10 days ago.

However, the excellent Marco D'Amico from Montreal Hockey Now just revealed significant information mentioning that it's only a matter of time before the 22-year-old forward and the Habs agree on the terms of a contract.

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He's going to sign a new contract very soon." - Marco D'Amico

Good! It's very reassuring to hear that!


Also, journalist Eric Engels, assigned to the Canadiens' activities for the Sportsnet network, stepped forward saying that Newhook could sign a four-season deal that could earn him an annual salary around 3 or 4 million dollars.

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I estimate that Alex Newhook is seeking a contract that will earn him between 3 and 4 million dollars per season.

If the 22-year-old forward wants to bet on himself, he'll seek a shorter-term contract. Maybe he sees his opportunity with the Canadiens as much bigger than what it would have been with Colorado, and he thinks he can capitalize on this chance like Kirby Dach did last season.

But I believe that [General Manager] Hughes would probably prefer to give him a contract similar to the four-year one Dach signed last summer. That's an agreement that would probably be most beneficial for both parties." - Eric Engels

Honestly, the cases of Kirby Dach and Alex Newhook are very similar - two young players filled with talent who unfortunately haven't yet reached their full potential. Before joining the Habs, Dach had accumulated 59 points in 152 games while the former Avalanche forward amassed 66 points in 159 matches.

So we can expect a contract very similar to the one offered to the Canadiens' number 77. Since his arrival in Montreal, General Manager Kent Hughes has proven to be a skilled negotiator, and there's no need to worry about Alex Newhook's next contract.

Newhook's statistics for the last two seasons:

2021-22: 13 goals and 20 assists in 71 games with the Avalanche (NHL)
2021-2022: 4 goals and 7 assists in 10 games with the Eagles (AHL)
2022-2023: 14 goals and 16 assists in 82 games with the Avalanche (NHL)

Do you believe the newcomer deserves a contract similar to Kirby Dach's?

DO YOU BELIEVE THE CANADIENS SHOULD OFFER A THREE-YEAR CONTRACT WITH AN ANNUAL SALARY OF $3.5 MILLION TO ALEX NEWHOOK?
JULY 7      122 ANSWERS
YES8771.3 %
NO3528.7 %
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