There were talks between Phillip Danault and the Montreal Canadiens in September, but negotiations stalled.
This is what the director general of the CH, Marc Bergevin, said during an interview with Jean-Charles Lajoie on the show JIC, Thursday.
“We had discussions in September and it didn’t go the way the two sides wanted, so we put it on hold until then,” Bergevin said. I do not exclude that eventually we will return to the negotiating table. ”
Danault will end the last year of his contract during the 2020-2021 season. He will then be able to access full autonomy. The emergence of young center players Jesperi Kotkaniemi and Nick Suzuki in the last playoffs has cast doubt on his future with the squad. However, it must be considered that Bergevin has been attached to the Quebec striker for a long time.
Caufield: more fear than harm
In addition, the CEO of the Habs was reassuring about the state of health of Cole Caufield.
The Wisconsin Badgers forward was hit hard by a Notre Dame Fighting Irish player on November 14.
“I saw the bodycheck, but I think he will be able to play on Thursday [ce soir contre les Wolverines du Michigan], said Bergevin. Last I heard, there shouldn’t be a problem. ”
While the checking was questionable in the eyes of some, Caufield claimed it was completely legal. Jean-Charles Lajoie has his little hypothesis on this subject: the young man perhaps wants to prove that he is tougher than his size suggests!
“I am not convinced that George Parros’ committee [aurait laissé ça passer], but in the college ranks, sometimes it’s a little different, observed Bergevin. The “kid” is ready, he stood up. I think he wants to show, like you mentioned, that he is tough.»
ECHL closely followed
All the teams in the North section of ECHL have withdrawn for the next season, which complicates the task of CH a bit. It is mainly to these formations that the Montreal organization turned to lend its surplus American League players.
Goalkeeper Michael McNiven, for example, could suffer. But Bergevin is aware of the situation. He has already started looking for a solution.
“These are things that we look at closely. It’s more difficult to send the players to Europe, because the teams there are allowed a limited number of foreign skaters. For ECHL, we had talks with Jacksonville and Wheeling to send players there. We are on the lookout. ”