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Report: There was mutual interest in Zdeno Chara signing with the Montreal Canadiens

In Bergevin’s summer of adding size, he just about landed the biggest fish of all.

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On the day we learned that Zdeno Chara had signed a one-year contract with the Washington Capitals, it was reported that he nearly became a member of the Montreal Canadiens:

Already with a dozen defencemen capable of playing in the NHL this season, Marc Bergevin was still aiming to add another. Despite being 43 years of age, the GM was interested in adding Chara’s services to the 2020-21 roster.

Even without him, the team invited nine defencemen who require waivers to training camp, so even if they decide to make a 13-forward, eight-defenceman roster for the season, that will still require one player being placed on waivers (which needs to be done even to get a player on the taxi squad), or a trade before the season begins.

At the very least, it’s obvious Bergevin believes he has a good shot at a Stanley Cup this season, and isn’t afraid to add a few veteran players near the end of their careers to his lineup. Chara didn’t pan out, but the GM does have Corey Perry and Michael Frolik on the roster now in an attempt to help out the young centres on the way to what could, potentially, be a deep playoff run.