Update: As expected, the Canadiens officially recalled Jake Evans from the taxi squad on Saturday, making him eligible for Saturday’s game.
The Montreal Canadiens announced that the club has recalled Jake Evans from the team’s taxi squad. Evans will be eligible to play in tonight’s game against the Oilers in Edmonton.#GoHabsGo— Canadiens Montréal (@CanadiensMTL) January 16, 2021
The original article remains below.
Jake Evans has been loaned to the taxi squad. Players loaned to the taxi squad this season are eligible to travel and practice with the full team, but do not count against the salary cap. Evans is expected to be made available for the game on Saturday in Edmonton.— Canadiens Montréal (@CanadiensMTL) January 14, 2021
Evans on the taxi squad is essentially a cap move as it will provide two days of Evans’ salary of relief on the cap’s cumulative daily total. The move does affect Evans’ salary as his AHL salary is $225,000 as opposed to his $700,000 NHL salary.
His AHL salary is significantly higher than the typical entry level contract which is likely why he was sent down and not Alexander Romanov, Nick Suzuki, or Jesperi Kotkaniemi. Players on entry-level contracts make $70,000 at the AHL level. All players on the taxi squad who are on two-way contracts will make their AHL salary.
He played on the fourth line in Wednesday’s season opener and it is expected that he will return to the active roster and the lineup for Saturday’s game in Edmonton.
We can expect more moves like this throughout the season as the Canadiens try to accumulate as much cap space as possible to get them through the 2020-21 season.