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Of all the prob­lems the Cana­di­ens have with their ros­ter – and there are many – keeping their play­ers un­der contract is not one of them. The only real UFA of note is backup goalie ANTTI NIEMI, who ac­tu­ally per­formed quite ad­mirably in Carey Price’s ab­sence. At 34, how­ever, Niemi is also likely ex­pend­able with the emer­gence of Char­lie Lind­gren. The Habs have four RFA for­wards with ar­bi­tra­tion rights, the most prom­i­nent of whom is Phillip Danault. Given that Ales Hem­sky played only seven games af­ter sign­ing a bar­gain-base­ment one-year deal, it’s clear he won’t be back. Montreal has more than $15 mil­lion to sign its play­ers and fill its many ros­ter holes.

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