The Canadiens have upwards of $8.5 million in cap space, but don’t hold your breath waiting for general manager Marc Bergevin to go shopping. “The extra salary cap space certainly represents an opportunity for Marc,” team owner Geoff Molson said Monday prior to the Canadiens’ annual golf tournament at Laval-sur-le-lac. “He’s not going to spend it just for the sake of spending it, but to have that extra space on the cap, at some point could come in handy.” Bergevin made it clear that now is some point. “It’s a nice asset to have,” Bergevin said. “We’re always looking to make the team better but at this point, there’s not much available.” Bergevin said it was too hard to tell when he might make a move. He said he was happy with his roster as the team opens its training camp later this week, but there are a lot of question marks facing head coach Claude Julien. “We have healthy competition internally,” said Bergevin. “We have a lot of NHL defencemen and young forwards who are trying to establish themselves as NHL players. We have eight exhibition games and Claude will make a lot of experiments and hopefully one of the guys will make himself an NHL player.” Up front, the Canadiens haven’t done enough to address the lack of scoring that plagued them in the playoffs last season. Jonathan Drouin has the potential to be a star but the team lost Alex Radulov, who went to Dallas. The Russian star said the Canadiens matched the Stars’ offer but the Montreal pitch came after he agreed to play in Dallas. Bergevin disputed that claim. “We made an offer, same offer as the Dallas Stars, before they made their offer and (Radulov) made his choice,” said Bergevin.
Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin says 'there's not much available' to improve team — even with $8.5 million
Montreal Gazette | Sep 12