Marc Bergein is making all the right moves.
Well, so far any way.
Bergevin, the new general manager of the Montreal Canadiens, has made two front office signings so far. He has hired Rick Dudley to be the assistant general manager and Scott Mellanby to be the director of player personnel.
So far, so good.
But Bergevin still has a lot of work ahead of him. He still has to find a head coach that can step up in one of the league's toughest markets. Signs are pointing towards Bob Hartley, but there are others, like Marc Crawford, Patrick Roy and Michel Therrien, who are also in the mix.
There are some options at head coach for Bergevin. With the players, it's different. Bergevin has a few players he must sign, but again, he also has a few options with other players.
The Canadiens have a number of restricted and unrestricted free agents. Now it's time for Bergevin to head to the contract table and lock some of these guys up and let others walk.
The Habs currently have 15 players on the current roster signed under contract, taking up about $46 million of the $64 million cap. That leaves them with $18 million to work with.
And if Bergevin is smart with what he does, he should be able to use that $18 million effectively.
Here are 10 free agents the Habs need to extend now.