Habs tee off ahead of season
The Montreal Canadiens held their season opening golf tournament today.
GM Marc Bergevin said he expects that defenseman Douglas Murray, who signed a one-year contract two weeks ago, will help fill the hole left by Alexei Emelin. Emelin is out until at least December with a knee injury suffered in a collision with Boston’s Milan Lucic in April.
“Douglas Murray plays between the dots. He’s a really good penalty killer. He’s got size, he could punish people. And we feel that if he’s matched with the right partner he could help us.”
The newly married Carey Price knows he has to have a good start to the NHL season if he hopes to make Canada’s Olympic team. But Price says he feels no extra pressure to perform.
“You can look at it that way, but bottom line is I want to play well no matter what. Whether i’m trying to make the Olympic team or just play well here, it shouldn’t make that big of a difference.”
PK Subban will become a restricted free agent against next summer, but says he’s not willing to discuss it with the media yet.
“Right now, my focus isn’t about that. It’s not fair for the focus to be on me before the season even starts. We have new players on ourteam, it’s a new season for us. The focus should be on that, not on contract talks or anything.”