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Looking Ahead To The 2015 Free Agent Class

With July 1 fast approaching, we'll start to take a look at potential targets for the Canadiens

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As it stands the Habs still need to find some scoring help and some defensive depth, and their first chance to address the holes in the roster will come on July 1, the first day of free agency.

We don't know exactly what the salary cap will be next season, but it's starting to look as if it should be somewhere in the realm of $71M.

Which means the Canadiens have roughly $4.5M available, not counting the eventual raise that Alex Galchenyuk will receive. Seeing as he's likely headed for a bridge contract, we can safely estimate that his shortened deal will be in the realm of $2.5M per season, leaving a touch over $2M in cap space.

That's not exactly a very flexible figure, especially if the Habs have any intentions of re-signing Brian Flynn. That being said, there's definitely the possibility of moving some hefty contracts to accommodate a potential free-agent signing.

There's also the issue of a lack of legitimate targets, as the upcoming free-agent class is rather weak.

Player Age Pos GP G A CF% SCF% 2015 AAV
Justin Williams 33 RW 81 18 23 57.29 55.08 $3.65M
Joel Ward 34 RW 82 19 15 50.11 51.79 $3M
Antoine Vermette 32 C 82 13 25 47.76 45.95 $3.75M
Michael Frolik 27 RW 82 19 23 55.15 54.26 $3.3M
Martin St.Louis 40 RW 74 21 31 47.56 49.01 $5.625M
Matt Beleskey 27 LW 65 22 10 54 54.26 $1.35M
Carl Soderberg 29 C 82 13 31 51.35 52.41 $1M
Mike Ribeiro 35 C 82 15 47 57.13 57.35 $1.05M
Martin Erat 33 RW 79 9 23 53.20 50.32 $4.5M
Tomas Fleischmann 31 LW 66 8 19 52.13 53.55 $4.5M
Chris Stewart 27 RW 81 14 22 39.31 38.52 $4.15M
Curtis Glencross 32 LW 71 13 22 45.73 46.44 $2.55M
Shawn Matthias 27 C 78 18 9 47.5 47.32 $1.75M
Drew Stafford 29 RW 76 18 25 41.3 39.58 $4M

(Corsi For % and Scoring Chances For% are 5 vs 5 only, sourced from war-on-ice.com)

As you can appreciate, it's not exactly a banner year in terms of available free agents, however there are some talented players available. With free agency quickly approaching, we'll start to take an in-depth look at some of the possible targets in the upcoming weeks.

Is there anyone on the list that you'd like to see join the Habs? Let us know in the comments below.