When the Montreal Canadiens made their first official offseason move on Tuesday, it seemed quite shocking for several fans out there. On Tuesday morning, Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin announced that the team has officially re-signed veteran goaltender Antti Niemi to a one year, one way contract for the 2018-19 season.
What may have been also shocking to the Montreal fan base is that it was the first time that the Canadiens agreed to reveal the terms of the contract out to the public. Yeah, it was indeed the first time ever you could read this on the club's official statement, courtesy of the Canadiens’ official website:
"The agreement has an annual average value (AAV) of $950,000 U.S."
This had never been done by the Canadiens before Tuesday's signing. Usually, the financial terms of a deal offered by the Habs to a player have been revealed later on by a team insider or local reporter who had the balls to ask someone close to the club's management what were the terms and details of the new contract.
As reported by Marc Antoine Godin, editor in chef of the French version of The Athletic in Montreal, there are now still 10 teams in the National Hockey League that refuse to share the financial terms on any deal or contract extension of players on their roster. The 10 clubs that still live in secrecy are the Anaheim Ducks, Arizona Coyotes, Chicago Blackhawks, Detroit Red Wings, Edmonton Oilers, Florida Panthers, New York Islanders, Philadelphia Flyers, San Jose Sharks and St. Louis Blues.
Godin listed all 10 teams in a tweet, translated from French, in link with his story on the contract extension offered to Niemi.
The Sharks proved this to be true once again last night when rumors surfaced that the California club has signed top forward Evander Kane to a contract extension. The team has yet to confirm or reveal any details on the deal, while it was NHL insiders' jobs to dig up as much information as possible. According to a report from Sportsnet journalist Irfaan Gaffar, sources are telling him that Kane and the Sharks are believed to have come to terms on a new contract extension. Gaffar reports that the deal is believed to be in the "range" of a 7 year deal with an average annual value of $7 million per season, the contract would be worth a total of $49 million.
However, for now, the Sharks and nine other teams still refuse to give information on contract terms out to the public...