Marc Bergevin was true to his word. He told reporters last week that he wasn’t going dive deep into the unrestricted free agent pool this year. In his words, “Jeff Petry and Torrey Mitchell, that’s my July first. I’m not going to chase players.”
And at the end of the day, if in fact he’s finished, he brought four players into the organization, one of them via trade and three via one year-two way contracts. The Canadiens also announced the signing of defenceman Greg Pateryn to a two year contract extension at 800 thousand per season.
Bergevin swapped Brandon Prust to the Vancouver Canucks for underachieving right winger Zach Kassian.
Among the free agent signings, the most prominent was defenceman Mark Barberio who played 52 games with Tampa Bay Lightning last season.
Also signed was Bud Holloway a 6’0” right wing who has played the last four years in Europe, three in Sweden and last year with Swiss League champion Bern where he scored 13 goals and 24 assists in 37 games. He was a third round draft choice of the Los Angeles Kings in 2006.
Also signed was 24 year old 6’0” 180 lb. defenseman Joel Hanley who played with the AHL’s Portland Pirates last season where he scored 2 goals and 15 assists in 63 games.
All three free agents will probably wind up starting their season with the AHL St. John’s IceCaps.