Latest Canucks, Canadiens and Flames News – June 17, 2014

Updates on David Booth, Andrei Markov and Dale Weise, plus an overview of the Calgary Flames offseason plans. 

TSN.CA:  Bob McKenzie reports hearing defenseman Andrei Markov seeks a three-year, $18 million contract extension from the Montreal Canadiens.

Canadiens close to re-signing Dale Weise?

Canadiens close to re-signing Dale Weise?

TVA SPORTS: The Canadiens are reportedly close to re-sign restricted free agent forward Dale Weise.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Markov is seeking a raise from $5.75 million per season to $6 million per season. The problem is he’s 35, noticeably slowed during the playoffs and has a history of knee injuries. I don’t believe the Canadiens will commit that much for that long to an over-35 player.  If Markov won’t drop his price, the Habs will let him walk and shop for a replacement via trade or free agency.

Re-signing Weise, who made $750K last season and thrived throughout the playoffs for the Habs, should be an easy re-signing. He could get up to $1.5 million annually on a two- or three-year deal.

VANCOUVER SUN: Canucks forward David Booth awaits word if the club will use their final compliance buyout for him. Booth has one season remaining on his contract at a cap hit of $4.25 million, though he’ll earn $4.75 million in actual salary.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Booth is sidelined far too often to risk retaining for another season. Buy him out and use the saving to pursue a healthier option. 

CALGARY SUN: Randy Sportak examines what’s in store for Flames GM Brad Treliving over the next three weeks at the NHL Draft and with the NHL free agent period approaching in July.

3 Comments

  1. I totally agree with Spector, the Habs wont pay 6 million per for Markov, the question is though, who will you replace him with if they let him walk?

  2. Booth, Leino and Rome were put on waivers, Rome already cleared. Weiss signed a 2 year deal with the Habs.

  3. the Canucks have placed Booth on unconditional waivers for the purpose of buying him out. there will likely be someone who sees enough upside in him to offer him a contract (much closer to the league minimum) but Vancouver didn’t see enough to justify the money or the roster spot which will go to a younger and much cheaper player. now that he’s all but gone you have to wonder where Gillis thought Booth would fit in the lineup as both him and Kesler are shooters (people forget that Kesler isn’t a setup man, rather that he needs someone to feed him the puck) and the Sedins already had Burrows who is much better suited to their style. Booth picked up a few goals at the end of the year when he developed a little chemistry with Richards and Kassian (who showed that he has pretty soft hands for a big man with some amazing passes when FINALLY given a chance) but Matthias was just as effective with more upside. with that issue settled hopefully Benning moves heaven and earth to move up in the draft and land Reinhart as this will likely be Vancouver’s best chance to get a center of his abilities (Buffalo holds the early lead in the Connor McDavid turtle derby that will be going on next year).