Digest for alt.sports.hockey.nhl.mtl-canadiens@googlegroups.com - 3 updates in 2 topics

Friday, June 23, 2017

Gerry <gerry14@hotmail.com>: Jun 23 04:07AM -0700

This is about where I'd be at too. 4x$6M would be "fair", I believe. I thought Radulov looked like the team's best forward most nights, and certainly was in the playoffs, but at the end of the day he did only get 18 goals and 50 points. The numbers don't tell the whole story, but they also don't really prove his case.
 
I could maybe see $7M on a 3 year deal? Or I think in a past thread I suggested I might grudgingly go 6x$6M, but that's pretty tough to imagine.
 
And indeed, tax is huge here. In Quebec, on a $7M salary, he'd pay $3,708,365.98 in taxes. In Nashville or Florida or Texas (and I think Vegas) he'd pay basically $1M less than this. So the difference between $6M and $7M could be entirely covered by tax alone.
 
Anyway, if I'm his agent he almost certainly goes to market "just in case". It just takes one crazy GM out there to offer the full retirement deal of his first ask. And it's not like the Habs are very likely to just "move on" and take the next best guy on July 1st... because there is basically no one else. Many years you'd have to worry a little bit about being left standing when the music stopped and ending up blowing your chance. I don't think that's likely to happen this year, with such slim pickings. And then for Radulov, even if it did, the KHL can pay him more than even his first ask money, so he has built-in insurance.
 
l8r,
Gerry
Ed <ed.matthews@gmail.com>: Jun 23 08:50AM -0700

All the discussions about Radulov and Chucky should also include how the decisions impact Price.
 
How does he look at the team if Radulov leaves and Alex gets traded? If there's good return and/FA signings, it doesn't hurt as much. If it's just subtraction, how does Carey then feel?
 
Would he be happy to just stay and have his entire career with Montreal? Would he want to add the last piece of hardware to his collection?
 
If the team doesn't look at least as strong as last year, I'd expect a difficult negotiation with the Price camp.
 
I don't expect MB to open the Molson vault for Radulov but the impact of him leaving could be even more costly. I like the previously stated 4 x $6M. Longer term for the 31 year old? Don't think so.
 
 
Ed
Chuck <barberphoto411@gmail.com>: Jun 23 05:56AM -0700

So much for a robust pre draft trading period. Rather boring so far
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