Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin on Friday admitted to having an interest in forward Taylor Hall.
“He is a player that we watch closely. When you talk to an agent, you are active, but I have no idea what will happen, ”he said of the 28-year-old unrestricted free agent.
The Habs boss added that Hall’s contract would obviously depend on the number of years and the average annual salary required.
In 65 games last season with the New Jersey Devils and Arizona Coyotes, the Albertan had 52 points, including 16 goals.
Bergevin also admitted to making an offer to the clan of forward Wayne Simmonds, who ultimately picked the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Always listening, but …
Bergevin spoke to the media at the very beginning of the afternoon, which may suggest that his working day is almost over. The general manager, however, indicated that his cell phone was still open and that he would continue to follow up on a few files, such as Hall’s.
The general manager of the Canadian, unless there is an exchange, has a little over $ 4 million on his payroll. He would like to keep a cushion of around $ 2 million in the event of a player injury in the next season.
The Canadian has nevertheless concluded three signings, all for free agents with compensation already belonging to the team. After Josh Anderson, acquired in return from Max Domi, and Noah Juulsen on Thursday, Victor Mete put his signature at the bottom of a contract on Friday.