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.
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.