Viola can pull out of the arena lease as early as 2023 which just so happens to be be right after all his big signings are off the books too. He’s losing a ton of money right now and it is all part of the plan for him to show the NHL a sale to Quebec for at least 650 million is smart. Except for the gross Ekblad and Matheson contracts, Bobrovsky’s contract was structured to drop substantially after 2023 and Barkov and Huberdeau as well are off their deals.
Viola, Bettman and Quebec all know this. It’s a done deal in my opinion. Lafreniere is just the final piece of the puzzle for me.