Contract talks between the Montreal Canadiens and pending restricted free agent Alex Galchenyuk are currently on hold while the forward looks for a new agent.
Galchenyuk recently fired Igor Larionov who is an agent with The Will Sports Group.
“Ian (Pulver) and I were trying to help him to become a good hockey player but, more importantly, to be a good human being,” Larionov told The Montreal Gazette. “I would speak to him every day; I think I spent more time talking to him than talking to my wife.”
The 21-year-old set career highs with 20 goals and 46 points in 80 games during the 2014-15 season. However, he struggled in the playoffs scoring just once in 12 games.
“I tried to make him understand that he has to be patient,” Larionov. “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.”
Galchenyuk’s three-year, $9.7 million entry-level contract is set to expire next month.