You be the GM for Season No. 101

Canadiens legend Howie Morenz’s 1923 rookie contract, for a fat $1,600.
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Yes, there’s roughly a quarter of the current season left to be played, and who knows how many games in the postseason.

But Canadiens GM Bob Gainey said yesterday that, from an administrative point of view, the 2008-09 season is complete.

He’s not running up a white flag on this year, merely stating that with the roster set, he’ll soon be able to focus more attention on the stack of contracts sitting on his desk. And what a big pile it is (don’t say it…).

Below are the files, potential unrestricted and restricted free-agent players both on the Canadiens and guys currently down on the farm who are denoted with an asterisk, with 2008-09 salaries in millions. Goalie Marc Denis is asterisked because we assume he’s headed back to Hamilton.

• FORWARDS:

Alex Tanguay, UFA, $5.375
Saku Koivu, UFA, $4.75
Alex Kovalev, UFA, $4.5
Robert Lang, UFA, $4
Christopher Higgins, RFA, $1.9
Tomas Plekanec, RFA, $1.8
Tom Kostopoulos, UFA, $.9
Guillaume Latendresse, RFA, $.85
Matt D’Agostini, RFA, $.508
* Kyle Chipchura, RFA, $.86
Gregory Stewart, RFA, $.5

• DEFENCE:

Francis Bouillon, UFA, $1.875
Mathieu Dandenault, UFA, $1.750
Mike Komisarek, UFA, $1.9
Mathieu Schneider, UFA, $5.75
Patrice Brisebois, UFA, $.75
* Alex Henry, UFA, $.5
* Doug Janik, UFA, $.5

• GOALTENDER:

* Marc Denis, UFA, $.6


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