Montreal Canadiens: Marc Bergevin Confident Jordan Harris Will Sign Next Year

BOSTON, MA - FEBRUARY 10: Jordan Harris (Photo by Richard T Gagnon/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - FEBRUARY 10: Jordan Harris (Photo by Richard T Gagnon/Getty Images) /

Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin held a press conference yesterday.

He mostly spoke about the recent acquisition of Eric Staal, and how he felt the plethora of draft picks that the team owns made it easier for him to part with third and fifth round picks in the trade.

Bergevin also reiterated that he didn’t have a lot of cap space, isn’t looking to trade anyone away to create cap space, and will find it difficult to add anyone else before the trade deadline on April 12th. Though most of the press conference was about that deadline, and the team’s schedule that is currently on pause due to the pandemic, there was one other interesting tidbit.

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Bergevin mentioned that he was quite confident Jordan Harris will sign with the Montreal Canadiens organization. Harris just finished his third season of college hockey with the Northeastern Huskies. He had a very successful two-way season, scoring 19 points in 19 games and playing a terrific defensive game as well.

It was widely speculated that Harris would sign with the Habs when his season officially came to an end last weekend. The third round pick from the 2018 NHL Draft made a bit of a surprising decision when he chose to return to Northeastern for his senior season.

This means Harris will finish his college eligibility around this time next year. At that point he could sign with the Canadiens or just wait until August and become an unrestricted free agent and sign wherever he wants.

Hitting free agency at the age of 22 would have to be an enticing option, but Bergevin remains steadfast that Harris will join the Habs organization in a year’s time.

He spoke about how invested they have been in his development and that they are excited about his development. He said there has been no indication that Harris intends on heading to free agency.

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With all the trade deadline talk, there wasn’t a huge focus on Jordan Harris in this press conference. However, he has proven to be a tremendous two-way defenceman at the college level and a really good NHL prospect. It was reassuring to hear he still plans on signing with the Montreal Canadiens next year.