The NHL trade deadline passed at 3 p.m. Wednesday without the Canadiens making a deal.
General manager Marc Bergevin did announce the signing of forward Danny Kristo to a two-year contract (2012-13 and 2013-14). He will report to the American Hockey League’s Hamilton Bulldogs.
Bergevin met with the media at 4 p.m. in Brossard, telling reporters: “The trading period started three months ago for us.”
“For me, what happens in the room is as important as what happens on the ice,” Bergevin added. “Now, we have a great chemistry in the dressing room.”
The GM added that he held a lot of conversations with other teams over the last two months, “kicking tires and looking at how can you make your team better.”
He added: “We added a piece yesterday that we felt the price was right and that Davis (Drewiske) could come and help us. So strategy has not changed. We have a plan and it’s to make the Montreal Canadiens better for years to come. I think we have a good core. We have some good young players with a good mix of veterans. We’ve got guys coming through the system that we’re developing and making better, so overall I’m pretty satisfied with the direction the hockey club has been taking.”
Asked if he viewed the Canadiens as a Stanley Cup contender, Bergevin said he sees the team as one that has put itself in a good position to make the playoffs.
“Anything is possible once you make the playoffs,” he said. “We won the President’s Trophy when I was in St. Louis, we lost in the first round. So in the playoffs, anything is possible.”
Kristo, a native of Edina, Minn., was selected by the Canadiens in the second round (56th overall) of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.
In 40 games with North Dakota University this season, Kristo posted 26-26-52 totals and was plus-17. He finished tied for second in the NCAA in goals and points, and tied for third in the NCAA with six winning goals. He is one of 10 finalists for the 2013 Hobey Baker Memorial Award honouring college hockey’s top player.
You can watch Bergevin’s press conference by clicking here.
(Photo of Danny Kristo at 2008 NHL Entry Draft, by Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)