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Kent Hughes and the Montreal Canadiens reportedly pulled off another daylight robbery by directly signing forward Cole Caufield

Published September 12, 2023 at 8:46 PM
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As you know, there have been big contracts awarded in the NHL over the past few months, and we wanted to focus on three of them.

Auston Matthews signed a contract with an annual value of 13.25 million dollars (over four seasons).

Cole Caufield signed a contract with an annual value of 7.85 million dollars (over eight seasons).

David Pastrnak signed a contract with an annual value of 11.25 million dollars (over eight seasons).


Why compare these three contracts? Because they make us realize how much of a good deal Kent Hughes got, and possibly even a steal with Caufield's signing.

Why a good deal?

See the statistic that speaks volumes, and it doesn't even come from a journalist covering the Montreal Canadiens' activities.

"Cole Caufield has played 83 games since Martin St. Louis became his coach."

"Not only does Caufield have 48 goals during this streak... he is the third-highest goal scorer in the NHL, at 5-on-5 in goals/60 minutes over this period, trailing only David Pastrnak and Auston Matthews."

"Don't sleep on Mr. Caufield for the Rocket Trophy..." - Matt Larkin

And if we focus on just last season, it's even better:

"Last season, Cole Caufield scored more goals per game than:

-Auston Matthews
-Jack Hughes
-Carter Verhaeghe
-Timo Meier
-Tim Stutzle
-Matthew Tkachuk
-Elias Pettersson
-William Nylander
-Jason Robertson

7.85 million per season until he turns 30 for Caufield."

Before Caufield's signing, some experts believed he could have signed for 9 or 10 million per season, and now we understand why.

Be careful. We are not saying here that Caufield is necessarily already better than Matthews, Tkachuk or Pastrnak, but it's incredible to see that he will practically earn half the salary of these players and he scores as much, if not more.

Goals are expensive in the NHL, and the Canadiens seem to have gotten an excellent deal with Caufield.

His 7.85 million looks extremely good, compared to the 12 to 13 million dollars per season of the other players mentioned above.

Caufield will allow Kent Hughes to sign other solid players, thanks to his very reasonable salary, unlike some.



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September 12   |   704 answers
Kent Hughes and the Montreal Canadiens reportedly pulled off another daylight robbery by directly signing forward Cole Caufield

How many goals for Cole Caufield next year, in your opinion?

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