Everything Is Rosey: Habs Extend Jacob De La Rose

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Who says the St. Louis Blues are snapping up all of the centers this side of John Tavares? The Show Me State may be showing their money in hoards following a big (losing) trade for Ryan O’Reilly and the far too generous signing of now former rival Tyler Bozak but The Swedish Sensation Jacob de la Rose is the proud new owner of a “show me” contract at an average annual value of $900,000 per season that runs for the next two years.

 

Throwing out the 12 points he tallied in 55 games last season, Jacob de la Rose has clearly shown that he wants to be part of this team’s future plans as the youth movement in Montreal brings us through the early stages of the Habs new Attitude Era.  The opening for Jacob De La Rose last season? The departure of Tomas Plekanec.  Being that Mr. Turtleneck is back in town, the hope is certainly that it will only be further fuel to a fair haired fire.  De la Rose has been entrusted similarly to Artturi Lehkonen with critical, often late shifts in any given game; situations that will bear less pressure than normal in Montreal (so still more than any other market around the league) this season, we can expect to often see Jacob’s mettle tested and get an early idea of what his real deal towards the later stages or end of this rebuild/retool will look like.

 

This is a fair deal with no real need to gamble on it just yet.  Territory such as this is certainly unfamiliar for the Canadiens –from the fan base all the way on up to ownership– but this is what a youth movement looks like.  Plenty of players and deals that look something like this.  Some may not materialize into much more than what they are now, others may just surprise those that stand witness.

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