Montreal GM: Benning 'crossed the line'

 

 
 
 
 
Marc Bergevin still wasn't happy with Jim Benning on Friday night.
 

Marc Bergevin still wasn't happy with Jim Benning on Friday night.

BUFFALO, N.Y. — Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin isn’t ready to forgive the Canucks just yet.

And the way he sounds, it may not happen any time soon.

After Friday’s first round of the National Hockey League entry draft, Bergevin was still visibly agitated with Vancouver GM Jim Benning, who said Thursday he had called Montreal about a potential trade for defenceman PK Subban.

“I was not happy and I’m still not happy about that,” Bergevin said. “The league is looking into it.”

Bergevin, in fact, filed a complaint with the league after Benning’s appearance on TSN 1040 AM, during which he was asked about Subban and said: “I think there’s lots of teams who have reached out to him (Bergevin) to find out what it would take to complete a deal of that magnitude. We are one of the teams who have talked to him.

“But we haven’t gone down the path to make believe that’d be something that’s real or not. It’s a high price.”

The NHL spoke with Benning on Friday about his Subban comments and those he made about Steven Stamkos. In the same radio hit, Benning admitted he planned to call Stamko’s agent when teams, aside from Tampa, can engage in contract talks. It’s a period that began Saturday.

The Draft Day edition of the Pat-cast has Jeff Paterson and Jason Botchford in Buffalo, on a Canucks pick which really looks like their second choice:

After his discussion with the NHL, Benning refused to talk about other teams’ players and anything to do with free agency. The league told him they’d take a few days to make a decision but many are expecting Benning and the Canucks will be fined.

“He crossed the line,” Bergevin said. “I don’t know where the line was crossed but he definitely crossed the line. It can’t happen.”

Generally, it’s against NHL rules to even suggest interest in another team’s players while they are under contract.

The Toronto Maple Leafs were fined after Ron Wilson, who was their head coach at the time, said in a radio interview the Leafs would be interested in the Sedin twins a month before they were to become free agents in 2009. Then, it was the Canucks who filed a complaint.

The Leafs were fined $25,000 for those comments.

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Marc Bergevin still wasn't happy with Jim Benning on Friday night.
 

Marc Bergevin still wasn't happy with Jim Benning on Friday night.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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