General manager Pierre Gauthier confirmed today that Dominic Moore, Marc-Andre Bergeron, Paul Mara and Glen Metropolit are not in the Canadiens’ plans for next season. Gauthier said he informed the four unrestricted free agents that the team was not interested in negotiating with them. Gauthier said he thanked the four for their contributions last season but said the players didn’t fit in the Canadiens’ plans.
Gauthier also said he would not be making a contract offer to David Fischer. The Canadiens’ first-round draft choice (20th overall) in 2006 will become a free agent on Aug. 15.
The Canadiens will receive a compensatory second-round draft choice next year … which is good, because Gauthier sent his second-round pick to Florida for Dominic Moore.
Speaking on the opening day of the Canadiens’ development camp, Gauthier said negotiations were ongoing with two restricted free agents, goaltender Carey Price and forward Maxim Lapierre. He said the team would review any further personnel moves after those players were signed.
The camp, which runs through Friday in Brossard, brings together 23 players including their five picks from last month’s draft as well as some AHL players like P.K. Subban, Ryan White, Ben Maxwell, Yannick Weber and Aaron Palushaj. Also on hand is Russian Alexander Avtsin, who played last season with Moscow Dynamo. He isn’t signed but Gauthier said Avtsin is interested in playing in North America and contract talks are under way.
According to CapGeek, the Canadiens have $5.6 million available to sign Price and Lapierre.