MONTREAL | Jake Allen as assistant to Carey Price. Joel Edmundson for adding muscle and toughness to the blue line. A four-year contract extension for Jeff Petry. Marc Bergevin has already attacked several cases and he has not finished his work.
In an interview of nearly 30 minutes with the Journal de Montreal , the general manager of the Canadian took the opportunity to destroy some rumors. Bergevin did not hide his game. He would like to offer a contract extension to the little number 11 before the start of the next season, the date of which remains unknown.
“Yes, there were little discussions with Gallagher and his agent, but nothing major,” Bergevin said. I would like to get there. I have spoken to Gally and his agent and I sense that they also have an interest in a contract extension. We will see. It always takes two parties to come to an agreement. The money and the duration of the agreement have to be the right things for both clans. ”
“We must not forget that there will be a salary cap (81.5 million) for the next two years and probably the next three seasons, he continued. We must remain aware of this reality. But I don't know how well the players are aware of this reality. They think about them and that's normal. But I have to manage according to the salary cap of 81.5 million. “
On September 25, Petry said yes to a four-year, $ 25 million contract extension. The 32-year-old American defender will therefore earn 6.25 million from the 2020-2021 season. Petry has given up on the possibility of attacking the free agent market in the summer of 2021 in order to continue his stay in Montreal.
Gallagher could opt for the same strategy. The 28-year-old winger will pocket 3.75 million in 2020-2021. With two seasons of more than 30 goals to his name, he will be looking for a good salary increase. It is not impossible to envisage a contract of nearly six million. But Bergevin did not offer any figures.
Phillip Danault and Tomas Tatar are two other forwards who will play the final year of their contract next season. If Petry already has a contract in his pocket and Gallagher finds himself at the negotiating table, Danault will have to wait.
“I haven't looked for Phil yet,” said the Habs CEO. My next file is Gallagher. I do this one at a time. ”
Bergevin didn't make a big deal out of Danault's statements, saying he wanted to remain one of the top two centers with the Canadiens, despite the emergence of Nick Suzuki and Jesperi Kotkaniemi.
“Me, I have a simple philosophy. You will be placed where you deserve to play, replied Bergevin. When you play well, you have a good playing time. When you play less well, you play less. That's all. It's not fair to Phil, it stays for everyone. “