Offer Sheet for Alexis Lafrenière? Kent Hughes Will Almost Certainly Get his Hands on the Former First Overall Pick

Published July 15, 2023 at 11:33
BY ELLIOT BEN JACOB
In recent weeks, numerous rumors have been circulating linking Alexis Lafrenière to the Montreal Canadiens, a scenario that would excite many Quebecers.

Lafreniere in Montreal?



According to Félix Forget from Dans les Coulisses, the New York Rangers might have a hard time refusing an offer sheet due to their high payroll. There's a strong chance that a team daring to make such a bid would succeed in getting the former first overall pick.

Currently a restricted free agent, Lafrenière will need to sign a contract before the start of the 2023-24 season. Teams interested in the Rangers player will need to act quickly, as they have a limited payroll space of only $2.3 million.


We could witness a scenario similar to that of Kotkaniemi. Let's recall that Jesperi Kotkaniemi was acquired by the Carolina Hurricanes thanks to a hostile one-year offer worth $6.1 million, which the Canadiens were not able to match. A similar situation could likely work for Lafrenière and the Rangers.

Who knows, maybe teams like the Blackhawks would also be interested in this idea. The question is whether Jeff Gorton and Kent Hughes dare to take their chance.

Should the Canadiens make a one-year offer sheet worth $6 million to try to acquire the Quebecer? If so, the Habs would have to offer a first and third round pick as compensation.

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