Another day, another possible trade destination opens up for Chicago Blackhawks forward Patrick Sharp. This one hasn’t been announced anywhere, but there is an opportunity for Sharp to be moved north of the border — to the Montreal Canadiens.
The Canadiens officially bought out left wing P.A. Parenteau today, ending the 32-year-old’s one-year stay in Montreal. He tallied just 22 points in 56 regular-season games and two points in eight playoff games.
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More importantly from the Canadiens’ standpoint, they’ll be saving some money on Parenteau’s contract through a buyout. He was due to make $4 million in 2015-16, according to Hockey Buzz. But through a buyout, the Canadiens will be charged approximately $1.33 million against the salary cap each of the next two seasons.
That lifts Montreal’s salary cap situation slightly, bumping their cap space to about $7.4 million for next season. Meanwhile, the team currently has a lack of proven left-wing scoring on its roster, with only Max Pacioretty compiling more than 18 points last regular season from that position.
This is where Sharp could enter, although with Montreal’s cap space not offering much room for Sharp’s $5.5 million per year salary, the ’Hawks would likely need to eat some of Sharp’s salary to make the move. But Sharp tallied 43 points in 68 regular-season games in 2014-15, and with Montreal’s lack of scoring readily apparent (221 goals scored last regular season, tied for last among playoff teams), they might be willing to make the plunge on Sharp
Additionally, the Canadiens have 10 forwards, seven defensemen and two goaltenders locked up for next season, so adding Sharp wouldn’t be the end of the world for them so far as fielding a full team while staying under the cap. Alex Galchenyuk is one Canadien who still needs to be signed, though, so Montreal will want to make sure it has enough space to hold that contract.
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