It’s going to be an interesting offseason for the Montreal Canadiens.
While some players will be spending their time at the gym and out on the golf course, the new Habs general manager, assuming Pierre Gauthier is gone at the end of the year, is going to be busy on the telephone and meeting with players.
A few key players need to be re-signed before next season. Franchise goalie Carey Price is a restricted free agent, so the Habs need to sign him to a long-term deal. Young star defenseman P.K. Subban is also a restricted free agent, and the Canadiens will need to lock him up long-term, too. The Habs also need to sign up-and-coming sniper Lars Eller.
Another restricted free agent, gritty forward Ryan White, has impressed a lot of people with his play late in the year. He is a hard-nosed grinder and will not to back down from anybody. He's the type of character player the Habs need.
Montreal can let unrestricted free agents Mathieu Darche, Chris Campoli and Travis Moen go. They are expendable and can be replaced by younger players in the system, where there are quite a few players who are waiting for a chance with the Bleu, Blanc et Rouge.
White is just one example of a former minor-league prospect who is currently earning his spot on the Habs' roster.
And here are seven more minor-league prospects who will make the Montreal Canadiens roster next season.