Habs sign Plekanec to a 6 year 30 million dollar deal

Cyberpresse.ca is reporting that the Montreal Canadiens have signed Plekanec to a 6 year 30 million dollar contract. This breaks down as 5 million dollars per season.


39 Responses to Habs sign Plekanec to a 6 year 30 million dollar deal

  1. reinjosh says:

    So the Habs now have 6 players who they pay 5 million or too. Their top 2 center are going to get paid 12.357 million a year for 4 more years.

    To put that in perspective, Boston, and Buffalo pay just a little less for their top 3 centers. Chicago pays a little more than a million more for their top 3 centers. Same with Detroit. The only teams that pay the same or similar for two centers are Dallas, Carolina, Vancouver, Philly and Pittsburgh. Four of those teams have legitimate superstars as one of their centers. Philly, Vancouver and Pittsburgh all have really good second centers. Montreal has an underachieving center and a career year center who as a history of going up and down in his years. Dallas is kind of in the same situation but Richards is done after this so they just have it better.

    This is going to be a nightmare for them for quite some time. On a side note, the league average for the top 3 centers on a team combined seems to be between 11 and 13 million dollars.

  2. TheLeafNation91 says:

    I must admit this is a decent signing by Gauthier…BUT

    They have 25-million in cap tied up to Gomez, Plekanec, Gionta and Cammalleri LONG-TERM

    Aren't Habs fans worried about this at all??? It's like deja vu of the Toronto musskoka five all over again

  3. HABSSTAR says:

    So with a 3rd line center like Lapierre or Ellar getting about 1 -1.5 million that would put the Habs between 13.357 and lets say 14 million.  One million off the high end of the average.  Meh..

    Besides, little do you know that Price is going to be paid in Coke, Booze, Smokes and Teenage girls for his up coming contract, NONE of which counts against the cap!  Hahahahaha! 

  4. leafy says:

    Lot of money. He's a good player and the team's leading scorer, but let's face it, he was only so so in the playoffs. Also very valid points from Reinjosh and Leafsnation.

  5. Kessel_Leafs48 says:

    i must say i think thats a little too much for plekanec,, he's a good player and good move resigning him, but not worth the 5 mill/year for long term

  6. reinjosh says:

    good points. But thats a lot of money locked up long term. What if Pleks has a down year? same with Gomez? Its just a lot of money for two guys who aren't superstars. Pleks basically got the Kesler deal. If he can live up to it, then its a fine deal. But if not it hurts you guy.

    And I like the last line haha.

  7. reinjosh says:

    Its 23.4 million not 25 million but the point still stands. 41 percent for 4 guys? Thats a big chunk.

  8. pezzz123 says:


    Oh, wait.


    Gauthier just screwed up.

    He's gonna play Eller on the 4th line?

  9. broc says:

    Too much per season, and too many seasons. Double negative for the Habs..

    For a deal that long, I would've expected a discount… something like 4.5 would be a little easier to swallow.. geez… that sucks for Habs fans.

  10. LeafsneedSteen says:

    Plekanec would have been a bit of a darkhorse on this year's UFA market, much like Marc Savard when he was finishing up with Atlanta.  Given that this year's UFA pool is shallow I think Pleks could have landed at around 5.75-6 so I don't think the Habs overpaid.  That said, this deal is still a gamble as Plekanec has just established  himself, regardless of his play his 5 million dollar cap hit will be consistent, again the Montreal management proves themselves eager to roll the dice.

  11. leafy says:

    Dino Ciccarelli was elected into the Hall today, very deservedly. But I thought Niewendyk would be in for sure in his first try.

  12. nordiques100 says:

    this is a terrible contract for a soft player who has tended to disappear when it matters most: the playoffs.

    13 games, no goals, 4 assists and he gets a monster deal. He was worth no more than what Antropov got from Atlanta.

    The Habs should have let him walk and targeted either Lombardi via free agency, or grabbed someone via trade, or maybe sign Frolov for less, have him and Cammy flank Eller on line 2.

    12.3 plus mil cap hit on top 2 centres. that is actually greater than or just equal to….

    Sedin and Kesler in Van 11 mil
    Savard, Bergeron and Krejci in bos 12.5 mil
    Carter and Richards in Philly 10.75 mil

    just to name a few.

  13. nordiques100 says:

    they would have. problem was they needed both ladies elected in the Hall in the players category.

    i think Canadians would have been in an uproar of epic proportions had just Granato, an American, got in first and went in alone.

    its no knock on Angela James, a great player, but someone like Niewy, a well deserving winner and consummate pro, got shafted.

  14. number15 says:

         A year from now Montreal will be trying to unload this contract but there wont be many takers…… unless Glenn Sather returns the favour for the whole Gomez incident.

    they had the right intentions, but paid way too much….. he will be a bust (as a signing)



    they can play Eller at wing, or Lapierre can switch to center, which he has done before in his career..


    Not really, I think this signing is good for the HABS.. I'm tired of the HABS losing good players to free agency ie Striet, Komisarek, Souray….. plus if he went to free agency he would've been a hot comidity.. plus he was the leading scorer….maybe a litttle much, but its better than losing him for nothing..


    All MTL needs to do now, is trade Spacek and Hamrilk and they'll be fine, hey do you happen to know Burke's email?????

  18. TheLeafNation91 says:

    and besides Cammalleri, they aren't first line guys

  19. LeafsneedSteen says:

    Not all Irish people know each other.

  20. DannyLeafs says:

    Plekanec is a good hockey player, but this deal doesn't seem like a good investment. Personally I don't think this is a good deal if he has 6 more seasons exactly like this past one. It wounldn't be all that bad, but definitely not a steal. The problem is that he is now 27 years old and done nothing to this point to make it seem as though he is capable to consistently putting up these kinds of numbers. In 07-08 he had as good a season as this years, but followed it up with 39 points.

    The big problem is that there is no room for error in this kind of deal, with Gomez already poised to be overpaid by about 2.5-3.5 million per year for the remainder of his deal, the Canadiens would have a hard time overcoming an off year from Plekanec. I don't quite understand how he got this much after such a poor playoff performance. I really thought 5 million for 5 years would have been the max he woudl have gotten as a UFA, but to get more than that before July 1 is little shocking.

  21. TOmapleleafs11 says:

    Agreed. 100%. 5 mil for what exactly? one 70 point season? makes about as much sense as trading away your number one goalie..oh…wait..


    or about as much sense trading a 2nd overall, 32nd, 2011 1 st round pick for a 30 goal scorer …oh…wait…

  23. reinjosh says:

    Oh exactly. Thats exactly my point above with the 12 million for the top 2 centers. Its not great when you have that much tied up in 4 players, let alone long term, let alone only one that could be considered a top line player.

  24. reinjosh says:

    At least we gave up fluid assets for a potential 50 goal sniper.

  25. reinjosh says:

    And we don't trade for schlumphs.

  26. reinjosh says:

    refer to my comment for the same thing you pointed out on the bottom.

  27. toronto-cruz says:

    TO gave up assets on a top 5 potential talent.  A lot.  no one will argue.  Stupid? if you know hockey, no.

    Pleks isn't consistent enough, will he? mtl better hope so.  Most of the "long term" contracts being signed these days are for lower $ amts, i this is a home town discount, i'd hate to see what he was expectin on the open market

    this is one guy i think they could have let walk.  spent that same $ on marleau, personally, i think he is a bigger void filler for mtl, and a legitimate, proven force

  28. JoelJoel says:

    This is an okay to kind-bad signing on most teams. It's made much worse by the fact that it's Montreal. A lot of money locked up at the forward positions.

    Many are saying that Pleks is up and down and that the 70 points was a fluke. I've watched him since his early days with the Bulldogs. He's been improving year over year. I don't think he is definitely going to improve next year, but any fringe star player that 'happens' to have a career year in a contract year should always be looked at with some suspicion.

    I predict he will play well, maybe even well enough to merit the 5 mil, but can he keep it up fro six years? Just pray he doesn't have a NTC if you're an MTL fan.

  29. TheLeafNation91 says:

    Dregger has twitted that Kaberle to Boston might be back on…

    Also, he said Savard might be available, which would mean Seguin should be 2nd overall.

    This is going to be a fun weekend but Boston sure looks like they are in the right path

  30. Tachmo says:

    From the outside looking in I don't think this is a very good signing for MTL. Pleakanec is a tad inconsistent and that is dangerous. If he can perform like last year for the next six years then they have made a decent move.

    I think his value lies in the 3.75 million area.

    I really questioned MTL moves last year and they did fine in the playoffs. I think the Halak deal was aweful and I don't like this signing.


    You have to look at it from another point of view, IF they didn't resign him, they would've been really weak at Center.. plus if he went to free agency, you know he would've lasted one day before getting snapped up.. I don't think hes an elite no1 Center, put he was the Habs leading scorer, and he was 7th in faceoff%.. I;m just glad he resigned, unstead of letting him walk for nothing like Striet, Souray, Komisarek…


    if you think Kessel is a potential 50 goal scorer, then I say Plekanec is a "potential" 100 point Center…. everyone has potential… did you know that Plekanec had more points than Kessel…


    I'm a big time Habs fan, and what I've noticed is its VERY rare to get guys like Marleau to sign in MTL.. those goof ball fans in Montreal chase guys like that away, also if they would've let him walk, they would be very weak at Center.. Finally if they let him walk, someone would've signed him on the first day of free agency, and some dumb team like Atlanta would've given him more.. he was the leading scorer, and he is one of the top faceoff guys in the NHL… hes still pretty young so there is still room for him to develop farther… this signing is better thanletting him go for nothing like Striet, Souray and Komisarek..


    You mean you gave up potential franchise players for a guy who scores between 30 and 40 goals..


    no need to, Tor just signs them ie Blake, Finger, Toskala, Beachumin, Komisarek, Exelby…..

  36. Bure96 says:

    They got a 21 year old, who was a favorite to go 1st overall most of his draft year, and was also coming off a 36 goal season. How can you say a player as talented as Phil Kessel doesn't have 50 goal potential?

    They gave up ZERO proven assets for him. I don't care if it's 2nd overall pick or not. They didn't miss out of a Sidney Crosby like prospect. Tyler Seguin will probably be a good player, but it's more likely he becomes a 35 goal/85 point player, while Phil Kessel might not be effective in the same way, could still be potting 40+.

    Toronto's making bold moves and is moving the franchise in the right direction … I don't understand any Montreal has done this off season so far though.

  37. Bure96 says:

    Ryan Kesler and Thomas Plekanec signed identical contracts both this year. If Ryan Kesler's deal is at market value, then how badly did Montreal overpay Plekanec? Just saying …

  38. simplyhabby says:

    What an interesting situation Gauthier has.  This Gomez contract is certianly the cap horror hit in Montreal but it was Gomer's presence that helped guys like Gio and Cammy to sign here.

    Cammy, Gio and Plex are all market value contracts and for me, money well spent.  Gomez contract will continue to haunt the habs cap flexibility so I sincerely hop he can match Plex point totals next year.

    I really do see Hamrlik going.  He was great in the playoffs so his heft contract might be easier to move for a bag of pucks considering it expires after this year.  Remember, we got Markov due for a pay raise shortly.

    In anut shell, we unload Hammer, the Tit sisters, that frees up about 9.5 mill.  thats 18 mill give or take  of flexibility to sign the remaining players and UFA shopping.  It needs to be done for the habs to truly move forward.

  39. leafy says:

    I'd take Kessler over Plekanec any day. Common sense over-rules stats.

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