polo outlet st augustine Edmonton Oilers covet Subban but Habs GM says he
Subban, who would form an incredible tag team on the power play with Connor McDavid.
But there a difference between wanting and getting.
Habs GM Marc Bergevin said Thursday night that he has no interest in trading the former Norris trophy winner. People are bending his ear on Subban, though. but I not shopping him, I can tell you that, said Bergevin.
How long do the conversations last when Bergevin gets these calls?
pretty short. it realistic it could happen? I would say no. isn surprised Chiarelli has called, or any other GMs. part of their due diligence. Same thing when I hear a name out there. I called teams on players in the past where I was 99.9 percent certain I wasn getting that guy, but I still call, said Bergevin.
is an all star defenceman. He extremely good. If I was another team I call, too. would it take to get Subban out of Montreal?
never say never I mean if somebody offered half their team I might be able to make it work, but it not my intention to do so, said Bergevin, who really can understand why Subban name keeps coming up. a different person, off the ice he busy. He performs, he works, he on time. He great in the community. shot down the idea that there was a disconnect in the organization because of Subban flashy demeanour. He casts a big aura in Montreal. doesn do anything bad off the ice he wears clothes close to mine, maybe a little more colour, joked Bergevin. nothing wrong with having personality. We want players to be themselves. They are not robots. there you have it.
The Oilers aren getting Subban, who has a cap hit of $9 million for six more seasons. His no move clause kicks in July 1 which has kick started the trade rumours, but Bergevin knows Subban and goalie Carey Price are 1 and 1a in terms of importance.
The Oilers badly need a defenceman but Subban seems off limits.
They would have the No. 4 draft pick and presumably either winger Taylor Hall or centre Ryan Nugent Hopkins to dangle Montreal likes French Canadian forward Pierre Luc Dubois who will not be there at the Habs No. 9 but Bergevin seems adamant Subban will be a Canadien.
He needs a big centre and the Oilers also have Leon Draisaitl who would interest them, but no dice. He won be going anywhere. Chiarelli would likely be leery of moving young Oscar Klefbom as well.
no secret we in the market for a defenceman and we fully engaged in that and we have a pretty high (draft) pick, said Chiarelli. had offers for it and I listening. I wouldn rule it out. said it better than 50 per cent he still keeps the No. 4 (they like winger Matthew Tkachuk unless they were to gamble and take Russian D man Mikhail Sergachev), but it would have been in play for Subban.
While Chiarelli has some very good, young forwards such Hall, Nugent Hopkins and winger Jordan Eberle to use as pieces to fetch a defenceman and he did say a shakeup was likely coming after last season but the GM acknowledged that other teams don view his young guns the same as he does.
don know if it was a shot over the bow, but it was a strong message to our group (that changes could be coming). We have a lot of talented players and there been lots of calls, but they undervalue if you ask any GM,
they say the deal not good enough (for your high end players). They don appreciate your players as much as you do, said Chiarelli.
How challenging is it to get a true No. 1 defenceman?
hard. Over the years, we had discussions on how many true No. 1 D there are. Maybe there 12. There are 30 teams and only 12 true No. 1s. To think you get one, it is tough, said Chiarelli.
Chiarelli acknowledged he could a temporary fix without sacrificing Hall, Nugent Hopkins or Eberle, who also makes $6 million per, in a deal.
would bridge the gap a bit, but I don know if that the route I want to go, he said. looking for a versatile defender who can play a solid game. I leaning to a right shot defenceman. I really feel we need more of a rightie lefty situation in our group. Oilers have Klefbom, Nurse, Andrej Sekera and Brandon Davidson as left shooters but only Mark Fayne, the injured Andrew Ference and UFA Eric Gryba as right handers.
discussions (as a whole, with lots of teams) have been plentiful and productive about defencemen, and I feel we get one, whether that tomorrow or before July 1. If it tomorrow, (Friday), it involve the pick, said Chiarelli.
Would there be a No. 1 defenceman down the road in this draft? Sergachev or, say, Finn Olli Juolevi, who plays in London with the Memorial Cup champion Knights?
think there are some No. 2s. wouldn say there a clear cut No. 1 (defenceman in waiting) in this draft. No, he said.
ICE CHIPS: Chiarelli wouldn discuss a report that the Oilers are trading for Chicago Blackhawks farmhand forward Mark McNeill, who once attended Edmonton Vimy Hockey Academy and was a former Hawks first round pick who been spinning his wheels in that organization. comment, he said. The Oilers head of amateur scouting Bob Green coached McNeill in youth hockey in Edmonton Chiarelli said he hadn made a decision on whether he qualify restricted free agent forward Luke Gazdic. If not, he be UFA July 1 Chiarelli said the team would probably be looking for a veteran backup to goalie starter Cam Talbot,
although he said young Laurent Brossoit would get another shot at the job.