September 9, 2019 | 5:58pm ET
CANADIENS TRIED TO SIGN GARDINER
Jake Gardiner, defenceman
The Montreal Canadiens had expressed serious interest in defenceman Jake Gardiner, but lost out to the Carolina Hurricanes, who signed him last week to a four-year contract.
Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin confirmed to reporters on Monday that the team was in the mix on Gardiner, but would not get into details. A source close to the situation told TFP the Habs pitched Gardiner a three-year deal.
“We had interest. We made an offer,” Bergevin said. “It’s a two-way street. If you’re interested, the player has to be interested (too). I can’t comment why he didn’t (accept the offer).”
Gardiner signed a deal worth $4.05 million, on average per season – it’s unclear what type of dollars the Habs offered him.
It’s believed the Arizona Coyotes also expressed serious interest in Gardiner.