Habs get ball rolling
In so doing, the Canadiens will have the option of matching an potential offer these players could get as of July 1 as restricted free agents if they do not re-sign with Montreal before then. Headlining the half dozen players are Christopher Higgins and Tomas Plekanec, who each signed two-year pacts back in 2007.
Joining them are Guillaume Latendresse, Kyle Chipchura, Matt D'Agostini and Gregory Stewart who each signed three-year deals in 2006.
All six of these players now have until July 15 to let the Habs know whether or they accept the offer. Those who opt to reject the offer would then go to salary arbitration.
Free agent season to begin soon