June 2, 2014 6:02 pm
Updated: June 2, 2014 7:49 pm

Habs’ General Manager Marc Bergevin: ‘We’re not there yet’


BROSSARD — If you’re a fan of the Montreal Canadiens, you’re probably feeling pretty good these days.

The Habs took a major step forward this spring.

Max Pacioretty, P.K. Subban, and Carey Price are just a few of the players that excelled in the playoffs – and on the street everyone seems to agree the team’s future looks very bright.

Yet Canadiens’ General Manager Marc Bergevin said that he thinks the Habs are not there yet.

A solid team – yes, but Bergevin said that it’s too early to call the team a Stanley Cup contender.

“We’re moving forward,” Bergevin told reporters Monday.

“But when I look around the league there are teams that are more mature, for them you could almost say they’re a guaranteed playoff team.”

“But we’re not there yet.”

In the coming weeks, Bergevin has to make important decisions on key players with expiring contracts: both Lars Eller and P.K. Subban become restricted free agents on July 1.

Thirty-five-year-old Brian Gionta and 35-year-old Andrei Markov also become unrestricted free agents this summer; meaning if they sign with another team the Canadiens receive no compensation.

James Neal #18 of the Pittsburgh Penguins hooks Andrei Markov #79 of the Montreal Canadiens in the final minute of regulation during the NHL game at the Bell Centre on November 23, 2013.

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Bergevin hinted that signing Gionta would be a priority for the club.

“He’s a great leader, a great captain,” Bergevin noted.

“We’ll see what we can do with Gio.”

Montreal Canadiens\’ Brian Gionta celebrates after scoring against the New York Rangers during overtime NHL hockey action in Montreal, April 12, 2014.

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