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- With a $5 M cap hit, Sergei Gonchar is one of the most expensive d-men in franchise history. The only ones higher are P.K. Subban ($9 M), Andrei Markov ($5.75 M), Mathieu Schneider ($5.75 M), and Roman Hamrlik ($5.5 M).
The NHL announced on Wednesday that the Habs will have a second representative at this weekend's All-Star festivities as defenceman Raphael Diaz was named as one of the replacements on the rookie roster. Diaz will not take part in the main game on Sunday but will be a part of the Skills Competition on Saturday night.
Diaz has had a strong rookie campaign after playing his way onto the opening roster. He sits tied for 2nd in the NHL in points by a freshman blueliner and is 8th in time on ice per game in that category. He is the rookie league leader in blocked shots by 10 (he has 81 on the season) while also leading in total faceoffs taken by a first year defenceman (and yes, he won one of them).
Interestingly enough, Diaz takes the place of the one rookie blueliner that is ahead of him in points, New Jersey's Adam Larsson. This year, the Swiss defenceman has played in 45 games, picking up 14 points (3-11-14) in 45 games which puts him 3rd on the Habs for points from the back end (Tomas Kaberle has 20 while P.K. Subban sits one behind with 19).