BigTed3 Posted July 5, 2017 Report Share Posted July 5, 2017 2 hours ago, maas_art said: Im not saying who is right or wrong but someone from the Montreal side said this was untrue - that they offered Rad this exact contract several days earlier & he then went to Dallas & asked them to match it. Both sides have reason to lie so I dont know who's telling the truth but i do know this: Radulov was a key part of this team last year. Maybe Drouin is going to be better (and between the 2, id actually pick Drouin) but we also lost our #1 defensman prospect... and it just so happens that our #1 need is a puck moving LD defensman. Bergevin let Radu walk, fine. He replaced the hole left by Radu with Drouin, fine. But he needs to fill the hole left by losing Sergachev. Maybe you cant do that exactly (you arent getting a guy that young most likely) but at least bring in someone who can play next to Weber. Alzner is not that guy. I don't know who's lying either, but someone clearly is. What doesn't help Bergevin in this case: 1. He's been caught lying to fans before on multiple occasions (Carey will be back soon! I will not trade PK! I will not trade Sergachev! etc.). 2. A few insiders (forget who) reported (before Radulov signed with Dallas) that he wanted 5-6 years and that Montreal's max offer was for 4 years, which is consistent with Radulov's statement. Radulov really did seem to love playing here, although I don't know if his impression changed with a new coach or with the Russian contingent being shipped out. Who knows. He said Weber was a big part of his choosing to play here and that didn't change. On the other hand, we do know Radulov apparently felt this was his last chance to cash in on a long-term contract, so he definitely had reason to go to Dallas with lower taxes... just less clear why he would lie about Bergevin's offer. Regardless of who's lying and telling the truth, this whole situation just doesn't paint MB in a very good light. It makes players question whether they can push him around in negotiations, it makes players question how good Bergevin's word is, and it makes them wonder if MB will call them out in public if they disagree. Maybe the Habs are telling the truth, it just doesn't look good for them to have this issue no matter what the truth is. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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