Bergevin the Bargain Hunter grabs Leaf castoff
Habs new GM Marc Bergevin recycles an ex-Leaf off the buyout scrap heap but his bargain move into free agency may not signal a "frenzy" so much as another solid move to give the Canadiens a more character feel.
Colby Armstrong was bought out by the Leafs on his $3-million per season deal, and the Canadiens get him for only $1-million for the coming season.
Armstrong says he was a member of the Canadiens' Fan Club when he was a kid growing up in Saskatchewan (longtime Habs territory since the glory days of Elmer Lach) and is "jacked."
PK Subban immediately tweeted a picture of he and Armstrong with their dukes up, so hopefully this doesn't signal PK's got more sparring in mind at practise sessions in Brossard.
Armstrong played 2 seasons in Pittsburgh for coach Michel Therrien so there was clearly a comfort zone there. Fitting right in with the Habs-Leafs rivalry, Armstrong says he wants to prove Toronto wrong for letting him go. He'll get that opportunity soon enough in one of the Canadiens' first games of the new season.
Toronto fans welcome Armstrong back October 13th, the Habs' first road game of the season and second game overall.
Armstrong will have to pick a new jersey---#9 is certainly off limits in Montreal as he well knows.
Armstrong is good friends with Sidney Crosby, and despite being a sometimes linemate in Pittsburgh has never scored an NHL playoff goal.
The boyhood dream could be realized as soon as April 2013 in bleu, blanc, rouge.