The Habs added some goalie depth on trade deadline day, acquiring Devan
Dubnyk from Nashville in exchange for future considerations. In addition,
the Predators will reportedly be retaining 25% of Dubnyk’s salary in the
deal on top of the 50% already being paid by Edmonton. The trade suggests that starting goalie Carey Price may not be quite
ready to return to the lineup just yet.
In Dubnyk, the Habs add a young veteran who before this season had been
slowly progressing as a lower tier starting goalie. Unfortunately, 2013-14
has been nothing short of a disaster for the 27 year old. In 34 games
split between Edmonton and Nashville, Dubnyk has an 11-18-3 record with a 3.43
GAA and a .891 SV%. His GAA is 40th in the league among qualifying goalies
while his SV% ranks 41st. It appears that the Canadiens are assigning him
to Hamilton for the time being.
Dubnyk has a cap hit of $3.5 million this
year but the Oilers retained half of that when they dealt him to Nashville for
Matt Hendricks earlier in the year. Given that the Preds are retaining
another 25%, this leaves Montreal on the hook for $875,000 pro-rated. As
this is below the $925,000 threshold for ‘buried players’ in the minors, there
is no cap effect (unless they later plan to flip Tokarski and Dubnyk, that would
add a pro-rated $300,000 to the cap). As a result, they still have plenty
to work with. They are, however, inching closer to the
50-contract limit. This deal coupled with Tuesday’s Mike Weaver
acquisition puts Montreal at 48 contracts.