Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin spoke to the media about his trip to the World Juniors and about the Canadiens’ season, including the Trade Deadline.
Bergevin was happy with what he saw at the tournament.
"The youth movement is very important for us. Based on what I saw in Vancouver, I'd say the future is bright."#GoHabsGo— Canadiens Montréal (@CanadiensMTL) January 7, 2019
He also talked about the MVP of the tournament, Ryan Poehling. He also said that he would talk to him at the end of the season about a potential contract.
"[Based on his play], he's getting closer and closer to being a pro." - Marc Bergevin on Ryan Poehling#GoHabsGo— Canadiens Montréal (@CanadiensMTL) January 7, 2019
He was asked about the selection of Alexander Romanov, as well.
"I don't want a pick before us somebody grabs him, and he's gone. So when you like a player you just step up and take him" - Marc Bergevin on Alexander Romanov— Jared Book (@jaredbook) January 7, 2019
He talked about Charles Hudon, who has been a healthy scratch recently.
#Habs Bergevin says Hudon is a young player with potential that will remain in Montreal for now.— Chantal (@pucksnlife) January 7, 2019
Talk turned to the trade deadline, where, despite a potential playoff push, he doesn’t think he’ll be adding a rental player but adds he did think about what he will do before February 25.
"I don't think I'll be in the rental business... I'm not going to start mortgaging the future. I know who they're going to be asking for. I'm not going to move these kids." - Marc Bergevin on his philosophy regarding possible transactions down the road#GoHabsGo— Canadiens Montréal (@CanadiensMTL) January 7, 2019
To that Bergevin later adds he’s already thought about the possibility of trading away veterans for future assets at the deadline and said it’s a possibility.— Аrpon Basu (@ArponBasu) January 7, 2019
He also talked about his acquisition in the Max Pacioretty trade, Tomas Tatar
"He competes. He never stops. He's always on the puck. He's been pretty good for us." - Marc Bergevin on Tomas Tatar#GoHabsGo— Canadiens Montréal (@CanadiensMTL) January 7, 2019
Carey Price announced he will not play in the All-Star Game, and Bergevin talked about that decision.
"I met with Carey and our medical staff this morning. Based on our discussion, we determined that it was better for him to take the time to rest." - Marc Bergevin on @CP0031 missing the 2019 NHL All-Star Game#GoHabsGo— Canadiens Montréal (@CanadiensMTL) January 7, 2019