It was just his rights but it showed that the Canadiens wanted to improve their defensive showing from the playoffs. While Xavier Ouellet was serviceable, it was clear that the team could upgrade on that position. By acquiring the rights to Edmundson, the Canadiens GM gave himself the ability to do so without needing to pay exorbitant prices on the free-agent market in October.
Article content Nine years into GM Marc Bergevin’s five-year plan, the Montreal Canadiens are looking closer to a complete and competitive hockey team after his latest wheeling and dealing. Or are they? On this week’s show, our panelists — Montreal Gazette columnist Stu Cowan, CBC Daybreak Montreal’s Jessica Rusnak and former Canadiens defenceman Rick Green — along with host Adam Susser talk about the Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin’s offseason retooling of the team.
While Bergevin said he was now planning to take a vacation, there’s still some heavy sledding ahead for him. During Thursday’s call, Bergevin was asked about centre Phil Danault, another player who has a long history with the GM, who convinced Chicago to draft him in the first round in 2011 (26th overall) when he was part of the Blackhawks management team. Danault can become an unrestricted free agent after next season.