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Updated: Montreal Canadiens recall Jake Evans from taxi squad

The move was made for salary cap reasons, Evans is expected to play on Saturday.

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Update: As expected, the Canadiens officially recalled Jake Evans from the taxi squad on Saturday, making him eligible for Saturday’s game.

The original article remains below.

The Montreal Canadiens have officially started their cap gymnastics, moving forward Jake Evans to the taxi squad until Saturday’s game against the Edmonton Oilers.

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.