Canadiens Harvey-Pinard Joins New Agency Ahead of Contract
Everything has gone right for Montreal Canadiens forward Rafael Harvey-Pinard this season.
Not only did he receive a well-earned call-up from the Laval Rocket, but he also quickly found his rhythm, scoring 14 goals in 32 games and eventually receiving a promotion to the Canadiens’ top line.
With goals in consecutive games, Pinard is now the team’s fourth-best goal scorer, behind only Cole Caufield (26 goals), Nick Suzuki (23 goals), and Josh Anderson (21).
The surge in offence isn’t just a fun story for Canadiens fans, it’s perfect timing for Harvey-Pinard, who is set to become a restricted free agent at the conclusion of his current contract, which pays him $825,000 per season in the NHL, and $70,000 per season in the AHL.
Harvey-Pinard is set to receive a significant pay rise once he settles his upcoming contract, and with that in mind, the 23-year-old forward has decided to sign with a new agency: Quartexx.
Welcome to the Quartexx Family Rafaël Harvey-Pinard! pic.twitter.com/ocOezAH4CQ
— Quartexx Hockey (@QuartexxHockey) March 31, 2023
If Quartexx seems familiar, it’s because it was the agency general manager Kent Hughes worked at before he decided to join the Canadiens’ management team.
Harvey-Pinard had previously been part of the CEM agency.
This should be good news for all involved, especially when you consider Vincent Lecavalier’s brother, Philippe, works at the agency.
Not only is Hughes incredibly familiar with the agents at Quartexx, but the agency also already has Canadiens players on the roster: Josh Anderson, Mike Matheson, Michael Pezzetta, and Joel Edmundson. They also represent players such as Patrice Bergeron and Mitch Marner.
As for what Harvey-Pinard can expect from the Canadiens, we discussed the potential payout in a recent article, but it’s safe to say the Saguenay native will receive a notable pay raise, which could even run up to $2M annual average value per season.
Harvey-Pinard is currently scoring at a 35-goal, 82-game pro-rated pace, and he leads all Canadiens players in relative expected goals (6.5 Rel.xGF%).
Given Harvey-Pinard’s penchant for giving his all during every shift, there’s very little chance the new contract backfires, especially since he hasn’t spent enough time in the NHL to merit the type of deal that carries significant risk.
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I just hope we don’t overpay based on half a season’s work with an unsustainable shooting % and play on the top line with Suzuki. Next year, assuming we start the season healthy with everyone at our disposal, RHP won’t be on the top line. Playing with different 3rd/4th line linemates and a more realistic shooting % will drastically alter his scoring rate. The heart and battle will always be there, but one need only look at Gallagher’s career arc to see where we might be heading with Raphael. Will he suffer numerous injuries and be out of the lineup on a regular basis?