The Montreal Canadiens have announced that they have re-signed winger Travis Moen to a four year deal. As per club policy financial details were not disclosed but expect them to be released soon.
The 30 year old has been a key supporting player for the Canadiens for the past 3 seasons. He provides minimal offense but his defensive game is top notch and he brings a strong physical presence. His most important role has been as Tomas Plekanec’s sidekick on the Canadiens’ excellent top penalty killing unit.
While Moen is a useful piece of the puzzle, the merits of this deal will off course depend on his salary. https://twitter.com/Real_ESPNLeBrun Pierre Lebrun reports that it will be 1.8 average salary. This is largely in line with what a good bottom-six forward like Moen can be expected to be paid in today’s market and well below NHL average.
To put Moen’s salary in perspective:
The NHL salary cap currently stands at 70.2 million dollars.
1.85M/70.2M = 0.026 = 2.6%
Moen’s cap hit takes 2.6% of the current cap.
23 players in an NHL roster
70.2M/ 23 = 3.05 M
Average player on a cap team makes 3.05 million.
1.85M / 3.05M = .607 = 60.7%
Moen is 61% of an average cap player. That sounds about right for a player who be should be about the 9th-10th forward (i.e. a great 4th line decent 3rd line player) out of 14.
In other roster moves, its reported that neither Chris Campoli nor Brad Staublitz will be re-signed. Meaning Moen was the only UFA retained by Montreal.
Neither Campoli nor Staublitz should be missed. Both were at the bottom of the team depth chart for their position and had poor seasons. Staublitz is continually among the very bottom league wide in shot differentials and is only good at punching people. Campoli vied with Weber to be the worst defenseman for Montreal this year. Both were minus players who were about 45% on puck possession metrics. However, Weber is young and still has upside while Campoli does not. Plus his skill set is largely redundant for the Habs current defense,