Would Marc Bergevin consider signing Dave Bolland?
According to the Toronto Sun’s Terry Koshan the Montreal Canadiens could have interest in Dave Bolland if he hits free agency on July 1st.
“All of that might not matter to Bolland. If he doesn’t sign with the Leafs, he’s going to have a line of suitors when free agency begins on July 1. Already, there has been speculation Bolland could be headed for the Florida Panthers, where he would be reunited with Dale Tallon, his one-time GM in Chicago with the Blackhawks. There’s a line that has been drawn to the Montreal Canadiens, whose GM, Marc Bergevin, was in the Hawks’ front office when Bolland played there.”
It’s natural to connect the dots of former managers, assistants, coaches etc.. to their former players rejoining them on a different team, but I just don’t see this happening, although there probably will be some consideration. Bolland’s asking price according to reports is $5 million on a 6-7 year contract, something that would not make a lot of general managers think twice…maybe not even once. Bergevin like Tallon may be able to lure Bolland in to signing a cheaper contract but ultimately where does he fit on the Canadiens roster?
The Canadiens have David Desharnais playing on the top line, Tomas Plekanec on that second unit, Daniel Briere/Lars Eller rotating on the third line and a mix of Ryan White and Brandon Prust on the 4th line.
Desharnais, 27, is signed through to 2016-2017 on what’s looking like a cap friendly deal of $3.5 million per year and is meshing really well with Max Pacioretty and new comer Thomas Vanek. Plekanec, 31, is signed until 2015-2016 and is the Canadiens most responsible center playing in all situations and probably a better all around player then Bolland. Lars Eller, 24, is set to become a restricted free agent at the end of this season and is in line for a slight pay raise, and Bolland wouldn’t be worth $5 million to play on the third line anyways. Briere, 36, is a non-factor here he is signed for another year after this season and at $4 million…would you pay 500-700k more to get Bolland?, If Bergevin can do it?.
The Montreal Canadiens also have Alex Galchenyuk a 20-year-old rookie who is a natural centerman, who also happens to have a ton of upside and could be a cornerstone in this franchise.
So if you do go out and get Dave Bolland where does he go? 3rd line center position?
The Habs just have too much depth at center right now and although Bolland would be a good addition, at his price tag it is just way to much of a risk for Bergevin to take. Get Subban signed, get Markov signed, get Vanek signed and we’ll think about it.