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Messagepar Dg Ottawa » 04 Déc 2017, 14:23

The UFA/RFA frenzy is now over, it was an interesting year with a lot of big names available and GM Trahan had about 19M$ cap space with only Bertrand Sultan to sign back, and a lineup already complete before everything started. Yes some big names were available but it was obvious that most of them would resign with their previous team, just to be traded afterward. Behind the scene we knew that it would a waste of time bidding on Atlanta's players as we know how GM Martin works... would be the same in the case of St-Jacques, Maguire, etc...
Before getting into action GM Trahan decided to act as a spectator and see how wild the offers would go, which player would be really available to grab. We clearly saw that someone was serious about Bertrand Sultan with an offer of 4,9M$...
In the 24hr window, between end of 1st round et beginning of 2nd round, GM Trahan decided to let go Sultan and get the draft picks in compensation... we then had to look for a centerman in the list of players remaining.
This is when we decided to look carefully at Martin Ethier's case who averaged more than a point per game in his last 9 seasons. There was no sign that Vancouver was willing to keep him. Other than Ethier, we saw the opportunity to grab another top veteran, seeing that Surrey was about to let go Mat Snesrud as well. In the end, GM Trahan spent 17.5M$ on these two players. Of course it's huge money but that was the price to pay in order to add more offensive power to the team. GM Trahan still has about 1.5M$ of cap room before season starts.
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