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The Canadians signed a big left winger as the free agent market opened on Friday, but his name is Brandon Baddock, not Taylor Hall.
The coronavirus and a fixed salary cap have taken out much of the free agency frenzy. There was an abundance of one-year contracts and winners like Hall and defenseman Alex Pietrangelo were still looking for deals as the sun went down on day one.
General manager Marc Bergevin said the Canadians had shown interest in Hall and, when asked to access the odds of landing the former Hart Trophy winner, he said “until what the player signs elsewhere, there is always a possibility.
Of course, Bergevin would face a major challenge if Hall agreed to come to Montreal. After signing newcomer Josh Anderson for a seven-year, $ 38.5 million contract, and restricted free-agent defenseman Victor Mete for $ 735,000, the Canadiens only have about $ 3.9 million in ceiling and Bergevin wants to keep $ 2 million for a rainy day.