1 GALCHENYUK IIIt’s been exactly a month since Alex Galchenyuk and his family axed agents Igor Larionov and Ian Pulver in favour of the California based Pat Brisson.

According to a Wednesday Canadian Press report, there may be new representation but ultimately little has changed. No agreement and by the tone of this report, the two sides are still have a ways to go to reach and agreement.

According to Brisson both parties are now taking a break and will pick things up again later in the month or early in August.

Galchenyuk is a restricted free agent without any arbitration rights which means, absent an offer sheet from another team, it is the Canadiens who ultimately control the discussion.

It is believed the hockey club would like to sign Galchenyuk to a so-called two-year “bridge contract” in the neighbourhood of 3 million a season. Galchenyuk, although still well short of the star status predicted for him, reportedly wants long term security now.

Galchenyuk scored 20 goals and 26 assists last season.

Pat Brisson - Galchenyuk Agent

Pat Brisson – Galchenyuk Agent

Brisson is one of the most powerful agents in the game.  He, along with partner J.P. Barry, head up the Hockey Division of LA’s Creative Artists Agency. Among his current clients are the Canadiens Max Pacioretty along with Sidney Crosby, Patrick Kane, Jonathan Toews and Claude Giroux.

In an exchange of e-mails with Canadian Press, Brisson said talks with general manager Marc Bergevin will resume at a later date.  He would not discuss where negotiations were when they broke off this week.

Frustrating as it might be for impatient fans, we still have two months before training camp opens and millions of dollars are potentially on the table.  However, there is a December first deadline.  A RFA who does not a sign a new contract by then he becomes ineligible to play for the rest of the season.