Montreal’s opening-night roster continued to take shape on Wednesday as the club placed blueliner Mark Barbeiro on waivers, per TSN.
Barbeiro, 26, is a Montreal native that broke in with Tampa Bay in 2013 but caught on with the Habs last season, scoring 10 points in 30 games.
With a modest salary ($750,000 cap hit) and good NHL experience — over 130 games — it’s quite possible Barberio gets plucked off the wire.
The bigger implications, though, are for those left on Montreal’s defense. There are now eight guys in the mix: Shea Weber, Nathan Beaulieu, Andrei Markov, Jeff Petry, Alexei Emelin, Zach Redmond, Greg Pateryn and rookie phenom Mikhail Sergachev.
Sergachev, still just 18 years old, has been tantalizing onlookers in Montreal since becoming the second d-man selected in this year’s draft (Vancouver took Olli Juolevi four spots earlier). He starred at prospects camp, and impressed in his preseason debut against Ottawa.
“He played a great first game,” head coach Michel Therrien told the CP of Sergachev’s debut, in which the Russian rearguard played nearly 20 minutes. “He played with a lot of confidence for a young player. He was composed with the puck, never got rid of it for no reason.
“He was poised, he’s a good skater and he’s strong. He’s a heck of a hockey player.”
Montreal could still send Sergachev back to OHL Windsor, which is likely what’ll happen. That said, the club could keep him around for a nine-game cameo at the NHL level, and give him a taste of the big leagues.