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Montreal Canadiens to Be Busy This Summer

The Athletic’s Pierre LeBrun notes sources who believe Montreal’s GM Marc Bergevin will be swinging for the fences this summer. Stay tuned.

Pierre LeBrun of The Athletic wrote a review of the action on Monday, covering many of the trades that did and didn’t happen in the NHL. He finished with, “Now it’s all about hockey for three and a half months before the silly season returns in June.”

Among the teams he think may be the silliest are the Montreal Canadiens. LeBrun was informed by a source that there is belief Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin will make up for not doing much during the deadline, other than moving Ilya Kovalchuk, Nick Cousins, Matthew Peca, and Nate Thompson. That sounds like a lot, but considering the moves that were rumored, quite underwhelming.

LeBrun writes:

One team to monitor this offseason? Montreal. I’ve talked to a few of his colleagues around the league over the past few weeks who believe GM Marc Bergevin will be swinging for the fences this summer. Stay tuned.

What Does That Mean for the Canadiens?

Well, this could be a lot of things. While TVA SPORTS Renaud Lavoie doesn’t believe the Canadiens will move either of Tomas Tatar or Jeff Petry, Lavoie suggested the Canadiens won’t be the same team next season. Could Max Domi move? What abotu Jonathan Drouin? Clearly, the Canadiens will be looking for upgrades and if there’s a chance Carey Price or Shea Weber attract interest from other NHL teams, who knows what Bergevin is thinking there?

The consensus seems to be that Bergevin is comfortable making big deals during the summer and that he’s got his eyes set on making a splash either at the NHL Entry Draft or afterwards. You could tell from his post-deadline press conference he’s not looking at a rebuild because he noted he constantly weighed keeping the team competitive versus adding long-term assets. That means changes to the core pieces and hopefully adding new core pieces.

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