When Andrei Markov injured his achilles tendon on opening night in the 2009-2010 season vs the Toronto Maple Leafs which the Habs won in overtime thanks to a Josh Gorges goal with 12 seconds left in the 5 minute period, there depth on the back end was a huge question mark until Bob Gainey signed Marc Andre Bergeron a couple of weeks after to a 1 year deal worth 750,000 dollars.
Fast forward two years later and with Markov missing the season opener yet again due to the recovery of his knee after he injured it a second time, the Habs signed Chris Campoli who has played in 397 games amassing 33 goals and 135 points to a similar contract to what Bergeron got except he will be making 1 million more than he did.
Now history should it could repeat itself when free agent frenzy occurs on July 1st. This is because after Bergeron managed 13 goals and 34 points in the regular season,6 points in the playoffs and being part of the roster which went all the way to the third round before losing to the Flyers, the Canadiens chose not to resign him and he had to wait up until March to sign with the Lightning in which his team lost in the third round yet again to the eventual champions the Boston Bruins.
By stating this Pierre Gauthier who is the General Manager of the Habs should strongly resign him once his contract expires because he is a good puck moving defensemen and is reliable on the defensive side. Will they do it? Well that ultimately remains to be seen.