The headline says it all. Josh Gorges has signed a 1 year deal worth $2.5M. There has already been much debate on the usual Habs sites about what this ‘means’. To me it is very simple. The sides codnt agree on a long term deal and thus split the difference on a one year deal which will allow Josh to become a UFA next season. To me this is no big deal. Tomas Plekanec went through almost the exact same thing and was able to play his way into a fat long term deal that works for both the team and the player. Josh’s ah last season certainly didn’t warrant a high-value contract over a long term. Now he has an opportunity to make some serious cash if he can stay healthy and progress as a defenseman.
From the Habs perspective this is a great scenario. Either gorges becomes an impact player ala Plekanec and is rewarded with lucrative contract, or he stumbles and PG avoids over paying to the tune of 5 years for a guy who didn’t prove himself worth the gamble. As a GM you won’t mind paying a guy who provides value for the money – and I think that’s exactly what Gauthier is looking for.