Marc Bergevin may be keeping an eye on the New York Islanders

Published August 2, 2021 at 4:09 PM

Despite the hiring of forwards Mike Hoffman, Cedric Paquette, Mathieu Perreault, and defensemen David Savard and Chris Wideman, Marc Bergevin is still very active on the market. In fact, according to the latest rumours, the Canadiens' general manager is in advanced discussions with his Islanders counterpart, Lou Lamoriello.

If no details have been revealed so far, it is clear that the New York Islanders are looking to free up some space on their payroll. A situation that the Canadiens could take advantage of.

The Islanders still have three restricted free agents to re-sign: forward Anthony Beauvillier, goaltender Ilya Sorokin and defenseman Adam Pelech. The latter has appealed to the arbitration process, as his salary demands (approximately $7 million per season, according to the latest rumours) would be much higher than his team's offer.

Could Quebecer Anthony Beauvillier be part of the discussions between Bergevin and Lamoriello? It would be very plausible, considering that trade rumours have already linked him to the Habs in the last few weeks.

In short, all of this remains speculation for now. It will be interesting to see if these discussions will come to fruition, or if it will remain at the negotiation stage.

To be continued...
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