TORONTO — All is quiet on the contract front for Montreal Canadiens centre Tomas Plekanec.
Plekanec said his agent, Rick Curran, has not had any discussions with the Canadiens about an extension. His deal is up after this season.
The 32-year-old said it wasn’t his call and that he liked playing in Montreal.
“I’m not going to ask them if they want me,” Plekanec said jokingly. “If they want me, they would call, I guess.
“Should I call and ask, ‘Do you want me here?’ I have a phone number. I think it’s up to (general manager Marc Bergevin). If he wants me, I’m sure he’ll call the agent and start talking.”
Plekanec has US$5 million left on what was a $30-million, six-year contract that began in 2010. He had 26 goals and 34 assists in 82 games last season.
The Canadiens are at a crossroads with young forward Alex Galchenyuk, who could get the opportunity to play centre this season. If Galchenyuk makes a successful transition from the wing, that development could make Plekanec expendable for a cap-strapped Montreal team.
Speaking at the NHL/NHLPA player media tour Tuesday, Plekanec seemed resigned to letting the process play out.
“It’s not up to me at this time,” he said. “I’ve been in this situation before, I didn’t know when I went to training camp. So it’s not something unusual.”
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Stephen Whyno, The Canadian Press