Since the opening day of free agency, lots of media experts wanted the Montreal Canadiens to sign defenseman Jake Gardiner.
Many believed he would be the perfect fit beside Shea Weber, however not only did Gardiner not sign with the Canadiens, he didn't sign with any team at all for months.
The 29 year old defenseman finally signed over the weekend with the Carolina Hurricanes on a four year deal.
On Monday, Canadiens' general manager Marc Bergevin revealed to reporters that he did make an offer to Gardiner on July 1st however Gardiner didn't have any interest at all in coming to Montreal.
Alexandre Pratt of La Presse did some digging and was able to find out that Bergevin offered Gardiner a three year deal worth $5.25million a season.
Gardiner revealed during his press conference with the Hurricanes that multiple teams offered him short term deals but wanted something long term and it seems the four year deal from Carolina was the longest he received.
Do you think Bergevin should have offered him an extra year?
Le Canadien a offert 15,75M$ pour trois ans à Jake Gardiner. Il a préféré aller en Caroline pour 1,2M$ de moins par saison. Pourquoi? Ma chronique ????????https://t.co/dL4eo9E2N6
— Alexandre Pratt (@alexandrepratt) September 10, 2019