January 8, 2019 | 9:00am ET
CANADIENS GM WILLING TO LISTEN
Marc Bergevin, GM
Montreal Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin addressed the media on Monday, prior to the team’s 1-0 loss to the Minnesota Wild, and discussed his plans moving forward, ahead of the Feb. 25 trade deadline.
Bergevin made it clear he does not plan on giving away young assets for short-term assistance and will not overspend to acquire a pending free agent to strictly help the team this season.
“I’m going to listen,” he said. “If I think it makes sense, I’ll do it. But I’m not going to start mortgaging the future.”
Bergevin mentioned that he expects certain teams to ask about some of his top young players, the likes of whom performed well during the World Junior Championship, but those requests will likely go unanswered.
While he did not specifically mention which players he was referring to – for example, Montreal’s 2017 first-round selection Ryan Poehling won tournament MVP – Bergevin reiterated, “I’m not moving these kids.”
“I’m not going to be giving up a first-round for a rental,” he said. “It’s just not going to happen. I want to be clear, today, it’s not happening. If there’s something that makes sense short-term and long-term, I will do it... but giving up assets for short-term, it’s not going to happen.”
The Canadiens currently sit one point out of a playoff spot with a 22-16-5 record.