When Alex Galchenyuk hit free agency at the end of July, a return with the Toronto Maple Leafs was still in the cards, though now the option to a return to Montreal could entice him more.
That’s right, according to David Ettedgui, GM Marc Bergevin has reportedly reached out to Galchenyuk’s agent to make an offer to the free agent.
Galchenyuk started his NHL career with the Canadiens, where he played spent the first six years after the Habs selected him third overall in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft. Then, he was moved to the Coyotes in Arizona, before he was traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins, and then the Minnesota Wild. He went on to sign as a free agent in the 2020 offseason with the Ottawa Senators, to be traded to the Carolina Hurricanes, who never dressed him for a game.
He was quickly acquired by the Maple Leafs, where he spent the rest of the season, tallying four goals and 12 points in 26 games. He added a goal and four points in six playoff contests before the Leafs were ousted in the first round by the Canadiens. However, it is clear that the Habs noticed how much Galchenyuk had improved and what he could bring to their roster. They could managed his salary as his last contract was one year at $1.05 million.
He is one of the best free agents left on the market ahead of the 2021-22 season. Galchenyuk has 140 goals and 193 assists over 583 career games in the NHL.
Would you like to see him back in a Canadiens’ uniform?