Charles Hudon, Artturi Lehkonen and Joel Armia will be able to bring their case to arbitration if they can not reach an agreement with the Habs by the time of their hearing.
The three independent players with compensation could thus make their point before an arbitrator to win a new contract, and they had until Friday to claim this right.
For the Quebecker, the last campaign was difficult, while he took part in only 32 games. The last time he donned the Canadian uniform was February 19 in front of the Columbus Blue Jackets.
After a 10-goal campaign and 20 assists in 2017-18, Hudon was limited to five points last season.
In his first year with the Montreal squad, Armia had 13 goals and 10 assists in 57 games. He commanded a salary of $ 1.85 million on the payroll of the team.
The last of the trio of compensated freestyle players, Lehkonen, has just concluded his NHL entry contract. In three seasons with the Canadiens, the 24-year-old scored 80 points, including 31, in the most recent campaign.