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BRENDAN GALLAGHER TALKS BROKEN JAW, HIS NEXT CONTRACT

Brendan Gallagher of the Montreal Canadiens is a feisty character. After having his jaw broken in the playoffs and being unable to take part in his team's sixth and final game against the Philadelphia Flyers, Gallagher told reporters Monday that he had full intentions of coming back in the next round if Montreal had advanced. Gallagher wasn't just facing a broken jaw, but also a tear in his hip suffered in the qualifying round of the playoffs against Pittsburgh.

As for how the jaw is doing, Gallagher said it's coming along nicely and he plans to start training again soon in preparation for the 2020-21 season. He also told reporters his hip does not require surgery.

"I'm past the uncomfortable stage of a broken jaw," Gallagher said, while adding he has some dental work left to go, but he has started eating some solid food.



Gallagher watched Game six just before going in to have surgery. He said Monday had the Canadiens won the series, he was determined to return at some point. But, he knew by the time he went in for surgery that wouldn't be the case as his team had eliminated from the playoffs.

One of the big questions brought up Monday was regarding Gallagher's contract status. He becomes an unrestricted free agent for the first time in his career after next season. He said his agent has discussed the situation with Habs GM Marc Bergevin but there's nothing concrete at this point. That said, he believes both sides are interested in working something out. He also stressed it's not all about the money.

“For me (winning) is pretty much everything. The money is important. I’m not going to sit here and lie and say it’s not going to be important... But it’ll be enough money regardless of what it is," said Gallagher. I’ll be able to live a happy life post-hockey and that’s not going to be a worry."

Gallagher stated he was happy that Montreal managed to make it past the qualifying round depsite being the last of the 24 teams to make it into the tournament. He was also pleased with how some young players stepped up in the post-season. However, he insisted it wasn't enough.

"I don’t like moral victories," said Gallagher.

As for whether he expects changes to the team over the offseason, Gallagher said it's pretty much guaranteed.

"I just finished my 8th season in Montreal and I don't think there's ever been a year there hasn't been change," he said.





TIM TUCKER
SEPTEMBER 14, 2020  (14H57)
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