Every so often, I like to take some news from French media outlets which haven’t been published in English, for the reading pleasures of my English speaking subscribers. The following information is taken from the very reputable Mathias Brunet, from La Presse, who has some key information in the negotiations between Phillip Danault and the Montreal Canadiens. And it’s quite revealing, you will see.
Danault was the second veteran to receive a contract offer from the Canadiens. That was back in September, after Jeff Petry and before Brendan Gallagher. General Manager Marc Bergevin offered his veteran centre $30 million over six years, so a cap hit of $5 million per season. That offer was declined by Danault.
Petry signed a $25 million deal over four years, for a $6.25 million cap hit. After being denied by Danault, the Habs offered Gallagher, the team’s best goalscorer over the past few years, $6.5 million per season.
The Canadiens were disappointed about not having received a counter-offer from the Danault side. Bergevin was reportedly willing to add a few thousands of dollars per season to satisfy his centre.
Bergevin loves Danault. He traded for him in Chicago, a steal of a trade. He sent pending UFAs Dale Weise and Tomas Fleischmann to the Blackhawks and received Danault and a second round pick, which became Alexander Romanov.
At $5 million per season, Danault would be paid similarly to Jean-Gabriel Pageau and Jonathan Marchessault. At $5.3 million, he would be like Mika Zibanejad, Jaden Schwartz and Max Domi, who is still surfing the wave of a 72-points season two years ago.
Colorado Avalanche centre Nathan MacKinnon recently paid Danault a huge compliment in a podcast, when he stated:
“Danault is likely the guy I hate facing the most. I hope he wins a Selke Trophyt. He deserves it. He’s on my back every time I face the Canadiens, in Denver or in Montreal. He’s very underrated. He’s not only good against me, but against everyone”
The Habs want to keep him and Danault wants to stay in Montreal. He didn’t have his best games against the Canucks the last two games and last night, Claude Julien cut his ice time to 11:28 minutes, his lowest total in a long time.
His agent Stéphane Fiset – from Don Meehan’s firm – better get his numbers straight on his client Danault, who is a pending UFA, or else Bergevin, known for his bold moves, might be tempted to go for Pierre-Luc Dubois if he’s still available by season’s end… Go Habs Go!