Jean-Charles Lajoie of TVA Sports notes that there is speculation the Montreal Canadiens plan to shop forward Jonathan Drouin over the offseason and in an attempt to shore up their blue line. More specifically, if the Canadiens decide to move Drouin, it would be for a left-side defenseman.
Calling this essentially a move to “fix the error” that was made when the Canadiens dealt Mikhail Sergachev to the Tampa Bay Lightning for Drouin, part of the steps toward the Canadiens correcting the problem is that they’ve realized it was a mistake.
Jean-Charles is firmly convinced that Bergevin will make up for his mistake and strike one or two blows on the draft floor in Montreal this summer.
One team linked to the Canadiens at the deadline was the Colorado Avalanche and the Lajoie asks,”What if this defender was Samuel Girard?” While general manager Joe Sakic obviously wasn’t going to make a huge trade to subtract from his lineup at the deadline, the summer is an entirely different animal. The Avs have some promising young defensemen in their system including Bowem Byram, Connor Timmins and Drew Helleson. Could they afford to give up someone else for help at forward?
Bergevin attended two Avalanche games in the days before the deadline, and there were rumors both he and his assistant Scott Mellanby had their eyes on something.
Whatever the piece Montreal is willing to move, many expect them to be among the busier of teams at the draft and during free agency. Drouin may be one of a few pieces that go.
One thing that won’t change is the head coach as it was announced by Bergevin he has no desire to relieve Claude Julien and will be back next season.