Independent players: an opportunity to seize for Johnny Gaudreau

Free agent players: an opportunity to seize for Johnny Gaudreau


Now that the 2022 National Hockey League Draft is a thing of the past, all eyes are on when the free agent market opens on July 13. A name that attracts attention: Johnny Gaudreau.

At 28, Gaudreau could obviously come to an agreement by then with his current team, the Calgary Flames.< /p>

Present in Montreal for the draft, the general manager of the Flames Brad Treliving remains optimistic to get along with Gaudreau, but does not exclude the different scenarios.

“We want to sign the player and I think he wants to be in Calgary, but those are big decisions,” Treliving said on the National Hockey League website. He deserved this opportunity [to test the unrestricted free agent market]. If he doesn't get along with us, he can see what the market offers him. It is something he must consider. For us, the goal is to just try to hold him back and we continue to work on that.”

Last season, Gaudreau reached career highs with 40 goals and a total of 115 points in 82 games. The forward, who was selected in the fourth round (104th overall) by the Flames in the 2011 draft, has scored 609 points in 602 games since the start of his NHL career.

Will Malkin leave Pittsburgh?

Among other candidates likely to test the free agent market, Russian forward Evgeni Malkin is a case to watch.

Malkin, 35, would like to join the Pittsburgh Penguins in the long term to end his career there. However, the recent contract obtained by Quebec defender Kristopher Letang, which will receive $ 36.6 million for the next six seasons, complicates things a little. Penguins general manager Ron Hextall will need to be resourceful if he wants to retain Malkin's services due to payroll management.

The CH Situation

At the Montreal Canadiens, some players are expected to become independent without compensation, in a few days, unless a new agreement is reached.

Quebec forwards Mathieu Perreault, Laurent Dauphin , Cédric Paquette and Alex Belzile find themselves in this situation, just like Tyler Pitlick.