Bob Gainey saved the best for last on the most eventful swapping and signing day in Canadiens recent history.
Gainey signed speedster Sergei Samsonov to a 2 year deal. Financial terms haven’t been disclosed yet.
Gainey had been heavily criticized after not signing any rumored big names when the free agent market opened for business. After being snubbed by various players not wanting to play in Montreal, Gainey has now secured a ‘name’ player.
Samsonov is a familiar foe from his years with Boston who posseses incredible speed and skill. In the new NHL those are the ingredients of a potential superstar.
The Canadiens roster adding another Russian who should fit in well with Kovalev and Markov.
Maybe Valeri Bure and Oleg Petrov are looking to make a comeback in Montreal.