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Alex Galchenyuk Change Agents, At Odds With The Montreal Canadiens

We learned yesterday that RFA Alex Galchenyuk decided to fire his agents Ian Pulver and Igor Larionov in The Wills Sports Group to subsequently hire Pat Brisson as his new player agent. Larionov, a Hockey Hall of Famer, had represented the 21-year-old forward since the beginning of his professional career.

While the contract had come to an end, Galchenyuk decided not to renew the agreement citing philosophical differences as the reason for the separation. As for Larionov, he said that Galchenyuk and his family were not accepting his advice any more.

As per Hockey Inside Out:

Galchenyuk expressed unhappiness over his ice time with the Canadiens and being benched by coach Michel Therrien in some situations. “I tried to make him understand that he has to be patient,” Larionov said. “I had to wait when I was a young player; every great player has a time when he’s going to be on the bench, but you have to learn that’s part of the game.”

Habs' Alex GalchenyukThere is no surprise about Galchenyuk’s displeasure since head coach Michel Therrien has been notoriously hard on young players… just ask Jiri Sekac what he thinks about Therrien and the way he manages the ice time of youngsters.

Alex Galchenyuk is the last big fish that Habs GM Marc Bergevin needs to re-sign prior to free agency after re-signing UFA Jeff Petry, UFA Torrey Mitchell and RFA Nathan Beaulieu to multi-year deals earlier this month. Coming off the last year of his three-year entry-level contract which paid him $925,000 annually, the young American forward is looking for a notable raise despite a see-saw 2014-15 campaign.

Last season, the native of Milwaukee, Wisonsin, recorded 20 goals and 26 assists for 46 points in 80 games, playing mostly at left wing. He then added 1 goal and 3 assists for 4 points in 12 playoff contests.

The Canadiens have until June 29th to send him a qualifying offer to retain his services, or they can negotiate a fair contract with his new agent Pat Brisson. If things go well, it is expected that Galchenyuk would sign a two-year pact worth around $2.5M-$3.0M annually, similar to the pact that then RFA PK Subban signed before he hit the jackpot on his massive long-term deal.

According to General Fanager, Montreal has about $4,525,000 of free space under the cap to re-sign Chucky, as well as RFAs Brian Flynn and Jarred Tinordi.

Expect the two parties to meet sooner rather later to iron out a new transition contract for the every-improving Galchenyuk, who needs to see the organization cares about his well-being and his long-term future with the team. According to Nicolas Poulin of 25stanley.com, Brisson and Bergevin are even slated to meet today.

Stay tuned and follow me on Twitter to see what happens in the latest episode of the Chucky saga!

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