The Montreal Canadiens have re-signed forward Alex Galchenyuk to a 2-year deal worth $2.8 million per season. Galchenyuk is coming off a strong 20-goal, 46-point season, that were both career highs for the 21-year-old.
Galchenyuk has had an interesting past year. As stated he set career highs statistically, but he also fired his agent Igor Larionov who is greatly respected league wide. He hasn’t exactly enjoyed smooth relations when it comes to getting a deal. And he is considered a center even though he found a lot of his success playing on the wing. Now with the recent addition of winger Alexander Semin this may afford Galchenyuk a consistent shot at playing center. However, that will be a big task to handle. Playing center in the Atlantic Division is a nightly battle going up against Steven Stamkos, Patrice Bergeron, David Krejci, Pavel Datsyuk and more.
Regardless of where Galchenyuk ends up this is a very team friendly deal general manager Marc Bergevin signed him too. And I for one think it was a smart deal. Galchenyuk has more to prove and the potential to do it before landing a franchise player type of long-term contract. If he blossoms as a true center it will help Montreal finally focus on going out and upgrading the wing position to help the offense beyond just taking a chance on a wild card like Semin.