With the NHL releasing their yearly financial information on contracts, the compensation for offer sheets has been calculated, posted by Elliott Friedman in his weekly 30 Thoughts blog on Sportsnet.
|Average annual value||Compensation|
|Less than $1,205,377||Nothing|
|$3,652,659-to-$5,478,986||First and third-round picks|
|$5,478,986-to-$7,305,316||First, second and third-round picks|
|$7,305,316-to-$9,131,645||Two firsts, a second and third-round picks|
|$9,131,645 or greater||Four first-round picks|
As expected, the salaries necessary to get the biggest compensation are higher than ever before, meaning a team could offer up to $3.65M per year to a restricted free agent, have a team not agree to the deal, and only forfeit a second round pick.
Essentially, the deal has never been sweeter for a team looking to poach young talent away from another organization.
This could benefit the Montreal Canadiens greatly if they were to be so bold, if for example, they were to target a player like the Chicago Blackhawks' Brandon Saad. Saad has all the makings of an excellent, two-way, first line winger, something the Habs desperately need, and Chicago has just $4,954,873 in cap space. If Montreal were willing to give up their first and third round pick in 2016, they could offer Saad more money than Chicago has cap space, putting them in a world of hurt.
Conversely, a team could make a significant offer to Alex Galchenyuk, who is likely to be pressured into a bridge deal, forcing the Canadiens to pay him more than they want to.