A former forward explains the reasons for his departure from the Canadiens

Published July 29, 2022 at 10:18 PM

We mentioned it earlier today, but several players who played many games with the Laval Rocket have now left the organization:

About two weeks ago, a player who played more than 60 games with the Rocket (and 38 with the Montreal Canadiens) decided to leave the Habs organization.

Quebec forward Laurent Dauphin has agreed to a one-year, two-way contract with the Arizona Coyotes.

Dauphin, a 27-year-old from Repentigny, had 12 points in 38 games with the CH in 2021-22. (plus 16 points and 11 goals in 18 games with the Laval Rocket)

He was acquired from the Nashville Preds in 2020 for Michael McCarron in a one-for-one trade.

To explain his decision, as reported by Marco Normandin, Dauphin was just recently on 91.9 Sports and gave a generous and interesting interview.

Laurent Dauphin revealed that Kent Hughes and the Canadiens offered him a contract very similar to the one he accepted with the Coyotes (they tried to keep him in Montreal), but he decided to return to Arizona for a specific reason:

"It wasn't about the money. The Coyotes' roster simply gave me a better chance of playing regular NHL hockey next season. Also, the type of contract they offered me, with a salary guarantee even if I end up in the AHL, I know that's the kind of contract they rarely give out. So that was a sign that they really wanted me."

- Laurent Dauphin

It's a shame for Montreal, but it's certainly understandable.

With this famous contract in question, if he plays in the NHL, he will earn a salary of $750,000, but if he plays in the AHL, he will still earn a guaranteed salary of $400,000.

For the full interview and interesting details:

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A former forward explains the reasons for his departure from the Canadiens

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