Get PK to camp: Bergevin
GM Marc Bergevin may have hurt his own bargaining position but he's made no bones about it---getting PK Subban signed in time to get to the Canadiens' abbreviated training camp is underway.
Bergevin spoke with Subban's agent Don Meehan Monday and will meet with staff to intensify talks tomorrow. Subban is a Restricted Free Agent and could command as much as $12-million over the next 3 or 4 years.
It is believed the Canadiens preferred a 2-year deal forcing the young, free-wheeling defenseman to prove himself like Carey Price and Max Pacioretty did after their entry-level contracts.
Bergevin says he's not concerned about creating a "benchmark" deal with the Habs' popular player.
The rookie GM made clear Alex Galchenyuk is the only draft pick from 2012 making the jump to training camp and admitted it will be difficult proving ground with no pre-season games. Bergevin did admit the young American power forward does NOT have to make the club as a centre and could still develop on the 4th line.
With Bergevin and owner Geoff Molson still waiting to read their printouts of the CBA details, the GM was NOT willing to take on the Buyout Controversy.
He called Scott Gomez "a part of this team" and said it was "too early to point fingers". There is rampant speculation Gomez, Rene Bourque or Tomas Kaberle would be the prime candidates for cap-hit exempt buyouts after the shortened season.