News and Notes from Saturday’s End of Season Press Conferences – HabsWorld.net
A day after wrapping up their season, the Canadiens were packing up for the summer while making their final media appearances. Here’s a look at some notable news.
General manager Kent Hughes and interim head coach Martin St. Louis have expressed a mutual desire to put in place a new agreement. However, no discussion about this has yet taken place.
Meanwhile, St. Louis has indicated it does not anticipate any changes to the coaching staff. Alex Burrows and Luke Richardson have two years left on their contracts, while the lengths of assistant coach Trevor Letowski and goalkeeping coach Eric Raymond’s contracts are not known.
Hughes said Weber is still expected to not be able to return. However, he could not go into specifics, citing insurance issues which he is not free to discuss. (If you’re wondering why Weber hasn’t had media availability this season, that would be why.) Weber still has four years left on his contract and returning to the trade deadline, Hughes acknowledged he tried to find an exchange. partner to liquidate the deal on the Montreal books.
Hughes said Price’s knee still hasn’t fully recovered. In and of itself, that didn’t sound like much. Then when Price spoke, that changed. The veteran admitted that if things didn’t change he didn’t think he could continue playing and that he prepared for Friday’s game thinking it might be his last.
Price certainly isn’t ruling out playing again. He noted that surgery is an option and that there are more tests to be done and that he is a fighter who does not give up. However, he acknowledged that his days of managing a starter’s workload are likely over.
If Price is unable to return for next season, his situation would mirror that of Weber in that he would be heading to a long-term injury reserve, with the Canadians then able to break the cap down to his 10.5 AAV. million dollars to bring in a replacement player. If he tries to come back or play more of a backup role, however, their hands will be largely tied.
A few players have indicated they are being invited to play at the upcoming World Championships – Brendan Gallagher (Canada), Nick Suzuki (Canada) and Cole Caufield (USA). These invitations were all declined. Gallagher, who has also declared his desire to stay in Montreal, mentioned lingering health issues that resulted from the playoffs last year, Suzuki had a back problem, while Caufield is healthy but wants to rest . It was his first full professional season with the biggest workload of his career in terms of games played.
Petry didn’t exactly publicly rescind his trade request, but he opened the door to the possibility, saying he “doesn’t want to close the door on the organization and the team.” If a trade occurs, Hughes said he would look to bring in another veteran to take his place at the back.
Price’s injury wasn’t the only notable one of the day. Byron acknowledged that his hip still wasn’t 100 percent, and it wouldn’t be as long as he suffered muscle tears from overcompensation. He also said that if he doesn’t recover this summer he will have a tough decision to make; it’s not really promising for his future.
Alexander Romanov has not entered into talks on a new contract with the team, but the pending restricted free agent has said he wants to stay in Montreal for as long as he can. After last night’s game, Romanov was named the recipient of the annual Jacques Beauchamp-Molson Trophy, edging out Samuel Montembeault and Jake Evans in the vote.
Jonathan Drouin will be ready to return to training camp after undergoing wrist surgery. He said the injury happened in Vegas in January, but he tried to avoid surgery during the season until he was unable to grip his stick.
Jake Allen is “feeling really good” after missing the final three weeks of the season with a groin injury. With Price’s situation uncertain, next year will be important for the veteran as he enters the final year of his contract.