|Montreal Canadiens' Marc-Andre Bergeron celebrates his goal on the Washington Capitals. (REUTERS/Molly Riley)
MONTREAL -- The Montreal Canadiens are undermanned on the blue line, and veteran Marc-Andre Bergeron would love to re-sign with his old team, but he's not holding his breath.
"I doubt they'll make me an offer," Bergeron told QMI in a telephone interview Friday from his home in Trois-Rivieres, Que, where he's rehabbing from a knee injury.
"I'm not counting on it too much. Andrei Markov's return and the emergence of young P.K. Subban will probably take care of all that."
Bergeron might be just the shot in the arm the anemic Canadiens' power play needs. Their division-leading record belies a paltry 6% success rate on the power play.
The 30-year-old Bergeron has a strong point shot, and he led the Canadiens last season with seven power-play goals. That was the same as Markov, Roman Hamrlik and Jaroslav Spacek combined.
Bergeron was not signed by an NHL team over the summer despite recording his career-best season. He had 13 goals and 21 assists.
Bergeron said he's not bitter about being left off the team but he adds it's time to look elsewhere.
"We've had talks with four NHL teams," he said.