When Jesperi Kotkaniemi signed his $6.1million offer sheet with the Carolina Hurricanes, it's becoming pretty clear that the Canadiens and general manager Marc Bergevin had zero intention of matching it.
Instead, Bergevin took to the phones immediately and tried to get a deal done.
The deal ended up being with the Arizona Coyotes which brought over Christian Dvorak however it seems Bergevin tried for a couple others.
According to NHL insider Elliotte Friedman, the Canadiens were also in negotiations for 3 other centers.
Friedman reports that Bergevin also took a shot at Sean Monahan of the Calgary Flames, Evgeny Kuznetsov of the Washington Capitals and Tomas Hertl of the San Jose Sharks.
"[Bergevin] spent a week scrambling, or figuring out, what he was going to do at center," said Friedman on the podcast. "We said last Saturday when we tapped the podcast that we thought there was a legitimate chance that Montreal wouldn't match. As the week went on I began to believe more and more that they weren't going to match, which is what they obviously did, but then you know you're sitting there and you're looking at your roster... you can't just say 'Ok we're letting Kotkaniemi go and we're done' they had to have an alternate plan."
"I think they went after a few guys, I think they asked about obviously Hertl, obviously Dvorak, I wouldn't be surprised if they asked Washington about Kuznetsov but it didn't make any sense because they are in win now mode... I'm sure they asked Calgary about Monahan," said Friedman.
Do you think any of the other 3 would have been a better fit?