Nokelainen Signs For A Year

Centre Petteri Nokelainen, along with defenceman Brendon Nash, has signed a one-year deal with the Habs, and this now sees the team with a whack of centremen – David Desharnais, Tomas Plekanec, Lars Eller, Nokelainen, Ryan White, Blake Geoffrion, Alex Galchenyuk, who may or may not crack the lineup this year, and of course, the one and only Scott Gomez.

Maybe a nice juicy trade is in the wind. Or maybe the team just loves depth down the middle. Regardless, Gomez should start packing his wallet and electric head razor.

Nash injured his shoulder in training camp last year and missed the entire season, but will see lots of ice time in Hamilton next season. I love his size – 6’3, 214 lbs, and we could see him earn a regular spot with the big club down the road after Tomas Kaberle is traded to Toronto for a vintage CHUM Chart.



5 thoughts on “Nokelainen Signs For A Year”

  1. I was expecting both of these players to be moving on as UFAs when the Canadiens didn’t offer them a qualifying offer. As low salary RFAs they would have required a 10% pay increase. I think both accepted the minimum NHL salary to guarantee a stay in Montreal on one-way contracts. Nokelainen is getting a small raise, but Nash is taking a big cut especially if his bonus is included. Nice scam, get injured during NHL training camp, get NHL salary without ever playing a game.

    That’s a pretty good raise for Moen, who does a bit of everything. And if he can continue scoring like he did at the beginning of last year, it will be a bargain. No matter what he does, his salary is still barely half of Bourque’s and a quarter of you know who’s cap hit.

    That’s an interesting point about the surplus of centres; you forgot about Leblanc who I’m hoping will make the team. I think Nokelainen should remain the fourth line centre, he’s above average on the face-off. When not on the second line Eller should be the third line centre. The rest can be moved to a wing.

    It may be a bigger problem than a surplus of centres, it may be a surplus of forwards. This may make it hard for Galchenyuk to even make the team or Leblanc or Gallagher or Bournival.

  2. Sorry, I was completely wrong about Nash. He was given a qualifying offer and signed a two way contract so its unlikely we’ll be seeing much of him in Montreal next year. But we can hope he dominates in Hamilton and makes an appearance.

  3. Thanks Chris. A brain fart caused me to miss Leblanc. And yes, a trade and moving some to wings has to be the answer. Moving Gomez out would be a good start. It’s going to get to the point, with the number of players, that guys have to be sensational in training camp or their job will be lost to someone else. They may sign contracs, but their job isn’t written in stone. So camp so make for some serious business. To me, this is as healthy as it gets. Playing for a job, and it doesn’t end at camp either.

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