The Montreal Canadiens do not plan on moving star defenseman P.K. Subban, GM Marc Bergevin reiterated on Monday in a press conference with the local media.
Subban has been the subject of multiple trade rumors this season, something Bergevin indicated he has no control over, but is fully expected to be back in Montreal next season.
Bergevin, while also stating that there are no untouchables on his team, reaffirmed his club's position when it comes to the future of Subban in Montreal.
"My intention is not to trade P.K. Subban," Bergevin said. "P.K. Subban is a big part of this team and is an elite defenseman."
Subban has a no-movement clause that kicks in July 1, so they Canadiens would not require his permission if they were to move him prior to that date.
But such a move appears highly unlikely.
Even if a remarkable offer were to be presented to Bergevin for Subban, Canadiens owner Geoff Molson would have to approve the deal, a source close to the organization told TFP.
"Good luck," the source said, suggesting Molson would not sign off on trading Subban.
Bergevin, meanwhile, did indicate that he would like to address the team's offensive game, and tried to acquire an "impact player" this season, but fell short.
The Canadiens were linked to Tampa Bay Lightning left wing Jonathan Drouin, and one league source told TFP the Habs presented the Lightning with a significant offer, but Lightning GM Steve Yzerman rejected the deal.
Bergevin is expected to pursue a scorer, either via trade or free agency, this off-season, as well as a two-way forward and a stay-at-home defenseman.