The trade deadline may have passed, but there’s still some NHL rumours left as we head towards summer. Now that the dust has settled, general managers now have to figure out what contracts to give their talented players. There are plenty of restricted and unrestricted free agents. The Montreal Canadiens have a talented RFA that will be eligible for a new deal in the summer. Today’s NHL rumours gives a Cole Caufield extension update.
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Cole Caufield Extension Update
Rumour: The Fourth Period’s David Pagnotta gave an update on contract talks between the Habs and the young forward. Pagnotta said that there hasn’t been much movement between the two sides. He’s said there’s been open talks, but there hasn’t been a deal as of yet. However, there’s no concern between the two parties and both feel a deal will get done. Talks have been going on for a while.
Non-deadline related: Nothing close yet between the #GoHabsGo and Cole Caufield’s camp on an extension. Open dialogue, and no concern on either side, but a deal isn’t there yet.
— David Pagnotta (@TheFourthPeriod) March 3, 2023
Caufield had his season end early due to injury, but he’s going to play a large hand in Montreal’s future. The former University of Wisconsin product finished with 26 goals and 36 points in 46 games. His season ended after a shoulder injury against the Nashville Predators. The 22-year-old had surgery, but should be ready for the 2023-24 season.
When Will a Cole Caufield Extension Get Done
General manager Kent Hughes and Caufield will get a deal done before the start of the next season. The Canadiens have been pretty smart at locking up key pieces of their future. Montreal made sure captain Nick Suzuki got signed before he got into offer sheet territory.
The good news is Caufield cannot get an offer sheet because he only has two years of service. Hughes and team president Jeff Gorton have the leverage, but they’ll make sure that their sniper gets a fair deal. Caufield will get a good contract, so there’s no reason for Canadiens’ fans to panic.
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