Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin said he’s keeping busy while waiting for the NHL lockout to end.
“The lockout is out of my control and I’m just keeping busy until it’s settled,” Bergevin told the media Wednesday night before the Hamilton Bulldogs completed the Quebec portion of their training camp with an intrasquad game at the Palais des Sports Leopold Drolet in Sherbrooke.
Bergevin said he was getting his first look at some of the Canasdiens’ prospects and while it was too early to single out any players, he has been impressed by the intensity at the camp.
Bergevin said he has been checking out some of the talent in Quebec in preparation for next year’s draft and plans to travel to Ontario “very soon” to watch Alex Galchenyuk, the team’s first-round draft choice in June. It’s expected that Galchenyuk will be invited to the Canadiens’ training camp when the lockout ends.
The GM said he had no problem with the oft-injured Andrei Markov going to play in the KHL and said that it could be good for Markov to experience game conditions. He said every player has to make his own decision on how to stay in shape during the lockout but he noted that it will be easier for players who are in game shape.
Team White continued its domination of the intrasquad rivalry Wednesday night with a 4-2 win over Team Red at the Palais des Sports Leopold Drolet.
Brendan Gallagher, who was a major surprise at the Canadiens’ camp last year, led the winners with a goal and an assist. Michel Ouellet, Stefan Chaput and Steve Quailer scored the other Team White goals while Michael Bournival two assists. Ouellet some NHL experience and he and Chaput both played in the AHL last season. Quailer is a rookie pro after spending three injury-plagued seasons at Northeastern University.
Team White had goals from Aaron Paluashaj and Blake Geoffrion, both of whom last season with the Canadiens.