After making his acquisition from the Chicago Blackhawks on draft day, Marc Bergevin didn’t take long to agree to a contract extension with Andrew Shaw. Both parties started talking immediately after the draft and reached an agreement on a six-year, $23.4 million deal which averages, for salary cap purposes, to $3.9 million per season.
Andrew Shawn contract with Habs ($3.9 M AAV) is front loaded, starts high, but does not include NTC nor NMC
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It is a pretty big deal that the Habs were able to finalize the contract without any NMC/NTC clauses, something that seems more and more difficult to get when buying free agency years for players. At the same time though, it is also a good deal for the player as Shaw gets security in term and a very good wage.
Bergevin is quite pleased with the deal.
“We are very pleased to have agreed to a long-term deal with Andrew Shaw. As I mentioned last Friday following his acquisition, we are adding a solid character player to our team, a reliable player who plays with grit and a two-time Stanley Cup champion with the Chicago Blackhawks over the past five seasons. Andrew will add more leadership to our team. I had the opportunity to discuss with him over the past few days, and I sense his determination and excitement in joining the Canadiens’ organization for many years to come.”
Yes, it is long term for a guy like Shaw. However, the lack of NTC and the fact that the contract is front-loaded will make trading him a lot easier, if necessary, down the line. Good deal for both parties.