The Montreal Canadiens want to get forward Alex Radulov locked into a new contract, and the feeling is mutual, but the two sides have puck talks on hold.
In an interview with Sportsnet's Eric Engels, Radulov shot down a report that he was seeking an eight-year extension and indicated that formal offers haven't even been presented.
"I'm not going to lie to you," he said. "I would be happy to have a contract for eight years, but it's not realistic and it's not what I'm asking for. I wasn't even asking for anything, because I'm trying to play the whole season and see what happens."
Radulov signed a one-year, $5.75 million contract with the Canadiens last summer.
He reportedly received at least one higher offer from another club, but decided to sign with Montreal, and he hopes his tenure with the Habs continues.
"Obviously you want to have a good contract, but you want to play on a good team to have a chance to win," he said, in an interview on Sportsnet.ca you can read here.
"I would love to stay here. I like it here. I love the fans. I love this [training] facility. I come here even at night time; it's all open doors. I can come and do whatever I need to. I really enjoy it, it's really nice. You got everything here just to make yourself better."
Radulov is likely going to receive a raise on his next deal, which could hover around five-years. But talks will pick up once the Canadiens' season comes to an end.
"It's been a while since Montreal won (the Stanley Cup), but we have a good opportunity to change that," he said.