Elliotte Friedman made a very surprising statement about an offer sheet involving the Canadiens and K'Andre Miller

Published July 9, 2023 at 7:09 PM
A few days have passed since the opening of the free agent market and most of the free agents sought after by the NHL general managers have found a new team. With the exception of Vladimir Tarasenko and Patrick Kane, the options are slim for teams looking to add a top forward to their top 6.

However, it is entirely possible that some general managers are looking to make trades to acquire the services of a quality player. Along the same lines, although it is not very common in the NHL, there is also the possibility of an offer sheet being made as several promising young players have not yet signed a contract with their respective team.

On Wednesday, the National Hockey League Players' Association announced that 22 restricted free agents have waived their right to go to arbitration. This means that these players will not be able to sign an offer sheet or accept the qualifying offer submitted by their own team.

Despite everything, there are still excellent players who are eligible to sign an offer sheet. It will be interesting to see if a general manager uses this collective agreement rule to add an impact player to his lineup.

Among the players who could sign such a deal, we notably find Alex Debrincat, Trevor Zegras, Troy Terry, Vince Dunn, Alexis Lafrenière, Evan Bouchard, K'Andre Miller, Morgan Frost, and Matias Maccelli who could all represent interesting options.

In fact, according to information reported by Elliotte Friedman on his podcast 32 Thoughts, many people in the NHL wanted the Canadiens' general manager, Kent Hughes, to make an offer sheet to K'Andre Miller in order to put the Rangers in a difficult financial situation.

"There were people who told me they really wanted to see the Montreal Canadiens make an offer sheet to K'Andre Miller, just for the pure drama, obviously that didn't happen. It will have to be a bridge contract with Miller, we assume obviously that it will be a bridge contract with Lafrenière." - Elliotte Friedman

The Rangers' GM, Chris Drury, only has $6.175 million under the salary cap, who will notably have to find a way to agree with Alexis Lafrenière and K'Andre Miller before the start of the next season. Drury may be forced to offer them a bridge contract for two or three seasons.

K'Andre Miller had a rapid progression last season, recording a total of 43 points in 79 games. For his part, the Quebec-born forward collected 16 goals and 23 assists (39 points) in 81 games. Will a general manager attempt to complicate Chris Drury's task by offering them an offer sheet?

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