Alex Galchenyuk back with the Canadiens?

Published August 8, 2021 at 6:59 PM

Having been traded more often than not since the beginning of his career, Russian Alex Galchenyuk is looking for a new contract as an unrestricted free agent.

The former Montreal Canadiens star had an average season with the Maple Leafs last season, recording 12 points in 26 games. He had started the campaign with the Ottawa Senators who had offered him a one-season contract earlier.

According to Luke Fox, journalist at Sportsnet, the Habs would have had discussions with the Galchenyuk clan to bring him back to the team that drafted him. Remember that the Habs had set its sights on the Russian in the third round of the draft in 2012.

It is in Montreal that the 27-year-old forward had his best moments in his career. In the 2015-2016 season, "Chucky" reached the 30-goal plateau as well as a personal mark of 56 points. He broke the 40-point mark four times in his six seasons in Montreal.

It was in the summer of 2018 that Marc Bergevin decided to trade him to the Coyotes in exchange for Max Domi. After playing one season under the sun of Arizona, Galchenyuk headed to Pittsburgh in return for Phil Kessel. He played only 45 games with the Penguins before being traded to the Minnesota Wild.

Capable of playing both center and wing, Galchenyuk could very well play on a top 9 if he plays like he did in his prime. It will be interesting to see if Marc Bergevin will take a chance on him and especially to see the price that he would cost.
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