Ramblings: Dach and Stützle Sign; Thoughts on Hellebuyck, Merzlikins, Gibson, and Other Goalies; Drafting Tandems – September 8

Michael Clifford

2022-09-08

There are a handful of prominent restricted free agents left to sign with their teams, among them Jason Robertson in Dallas, Rasmus Sandin in Toronto, Barrett Hayton in Arizona, and Kirby Dach in Montreal. One of those guys was locked up for four years on Wednesday morning:

This doesn't seem like a bad bet from the Habs. If he lives up to his potential, those four years could be a great value for the team. If he doesn't, it's not a huge average annual value that will cripple their cap space beyond the 2022-23 season. It also gives Dach a bit of security and gives him the chance to cash in huge four years hence.

Dach has an important year ahead of him. He basically lost a season to his wrist surgery in COVID 2021, breaking it at the World Juniors and then, it appeared, rushing back to the regular season. He had shoulder problems in 2021-22 and was subsequently traded. He really hasn't been able to show his potential for a couple years now.

As for the offensive upside, there was a good article by former AHL coach Jack Han about Dach's reluctance to use his size to