It works no matter what happens. If Montreal matches? It fucks up their salary cap situation. If they don't? Hurricanes get a decent young forward prospect(with whom they probably already have a handshake agreement on an extension.) Yeah 6.1 million is an overpay for this season, but so what? If it pushes you over the cap, send some assets to a team to take Gardiners contract. He's already the 8th defenseman anyways.
I don't see him playing C here if he does end up coming. Could definitely see them trying him on the wing on the 2nd line with Necas and Trocheck.
8/30/2021 2:46:55 PM