Alex Galchenyuk concluded to a three-year agreement with a Montreal Canadiens on Wednesday and now a doubt is where he will play subsequent season.
The 23-year-old brazen who scored 30 goals in 2015-16 has been slated to be a top-line centre given he was drafted third altogether in 2012, though dual coaches, Michel Therrien and his inheritor Claude Julien, have questioned his ability to hoop a defensive responsibilities that come with that position and changed him to left wing.
And there are still rumblings that a Canadiens might understanding a Milwaukee-born actor of Belarusian descent, who reportedly does not have a no-trade proviso in his contract.
Galchenyuk was a limited giveaway representative who had been among 30 NHL players to record for arbitration, though he avoided that distress by inking a three-year $14.7 million US agreement that averages $4.9 million per deteriorate opposite a income cap.
The understanding left Montreal ubiquitous manager Marc Bergevin with $9.16 million in income tip space with 22 players sealed — copiousness of room for another signing or understanding before a season. It will eat adult one year of Galchenyuk’s eligibility for unlimited giveaway group and he can turn a UFA when it ends.
The Canadiens’ vivid scarcity is during centre, where Phillip Danault and Tomas Plekanec have been personification on a tip units notwithstanding both being improved matched to second or third-line duty.
Could be a answer
Galchenyuk could be a answer if he earns Julien’s trust by personification good during both ends of a ice.
A sharp passer with a discerning shot, he has shown he can be a unchanging point-producer when healthy and given unchanging ice time.
After starting his career with 27 points (in 48 games) and 31 points in his initial dual seasons, Galchenyuk strike a 20-goal symbol in 2014-15.
The following season, he staked a explain on a pursuit during centre with a clever finish that saw him put adult 30 goals and 56 points in 82 games.
He started final deteriorate on fire, producing 23 points in 24 games before pang a knee damage in December. He aggravated a damage in Jan and finished adult blank 21 games, afterwards struggled by a rest of a debate when he returned. He finished with 17 goals and 44 points in 61 games. He was generally effective in 3-on-3 overtime, scoring 5 times.
After posting 3 assists as Montreal was separated in 6 games in a initial turn of playoffs by a New York Rangers, Galchenyuk called it “an adult and down season.”
He has 89 goals and 204 points in 336 career NHL games.
The Canadiens have one limited giveaway representative left to pointer in AHL goalie Charlie Lindgren.