Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin confirmed via press conference on Thursday: he has been getting calls from other NHL clubs about top pairing defenseman P.K. Subban.
According to the team exec, though, that doesn’t mean he’s actively looking to move the defenseman.
“I never shopped PK Subban. I never have, I’m not now,” he said, via the conference (conducted exclusively in French on Thursday evening).
“But I can’t stop teams from calling.”
Rumors popped up in both the local and national news in the day ahead of the 2016 NHL Draft that the Canadiens were entertaining offers for the defenseman, who finished his abbreviated 2015-16 season (shortened due to an injury late in the spring) with 51 points in 68 regular season games. He and the Canadiens did not see the postseason.
Subban is one of a list of players who are expected to see a no-movement clause kick in on their contracts on July 1st of this summer, meaning that the Canadiens will be required to protect him ahead of the upcoming 2017 Expansion Draft.
The expectation is that the Canadiens would want to protect Subban regardless, but many teams seem hesitant to hold onto players with those no-movement clauses in their deals; as a result, the rumors that Montreal was looking to move the blue liner popped up with increasing force.
According to Bergevin, though, he isn’t the one looking to make the deal – it’s other teams around the league calling him. He claims he can’t stop those teams from dialing him up; he just doesn’t seem interested in entertaining many offers.