On the Montreal Canadiens …
Renaud Lavoie: The Canadiens will not buy out anyone this offseason.
Bob McKenzie: Think that after the Drouin trade it’s more likely that Galchenyuk gets traded.
Chris Nichols: Pierre LeBrun: “We know that the Canadiens want to re-sign Alex Radulov. They have not been in the same sphere, I’m told, in contract talks.”
Pierre LeBrun: The Canadiens would like to have Radulov back next year, but he’ll need to change his current contract demands if that is to happen.
David Pagnotta: Some think that Galchenyuk is definitely getting traded … Contract talks continue though.
David Pagnotta: The Canadiens continue to talk with the camps for free agents Radulov and Galchenyuk. take is that whoever signs first, the other will be traded or not signed.
David Pagnotta: The Canadiens aren’t done tinkering with their lineup. They need a top six-winger and a center. Adding Drouin and possibly losing Radulov isn’t ideal.
Brian Wilde: A Radulov deal with the Canadiens has to be right for both sides. If the 31-year old wants seven years, they have to let him walk.
Sergachev had been expected to fill a roster spot next season, and they don’t have anyone internally to fill it now that he’s gone.
Galchenyuk is now their best trade piece to acquire an elite defenseman.
The Canadiens will look at playing Drouin at center.
“There’s no doubt we looked at that closely,” said Bergevin about the prospect of Drouin playing in the middle. “At the end of the day, Claude will sit down with Jonathan and a decision will be made on what is best for the organization. But we definitely took that into consideration.”