Brendan Gallagher soon out of Montreal? A contract buyout would be advantageous for Kent Hughes and the Canadiens in 2025

Published October 22, 2023 at 4:54 PM
BY DAVID ST-JEAN
It's quite evident that Brendan Gallagher now has more of a leadership role with the Canadiens. He no longer has the speed or the energy that characterized him a few years ago, which is regrettable.

I remain cautious when discussing him because I like him a lot, as do many fans. However, we must face the truth: Gally will never again score 30 goals in the NHL, and he's having a lot of difficulty keeping up.

With a contract worth $6.5 million for three more seasons, excluding the current one, Gallagher will be a significant burden for the team. It's unfortunate to see him in this situation, but that's the reality.

According to Mattias Brunet, a contract buyout is a real possibility starting in 2025.


"Buying out his contract will allow Geoff Molson to save $6.5 million out of a total of $19 million. Instead of having $6.5 million on the team's salary cap for each of the next three years, Montreal would have $2.1 million or less per year until 2029-2030, except in 2026-2027 (4.6 million)."

The problem isn't at the salary cap level. The Canadiens are doing well in that regard, and they will continue to do so for a few more years. However, the question arises: where will Gallagher end up? We are already questioning his role and the place he can hold on the team. Imagine in two or three years...

There are many young players coming up, and space will need to be made for them. Sooner or later, Gallagher will become surplus, and I'm afraid it might happen well before the end of his contract.

Source: La Presse
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