James Wisniewski has enjoyed his short stay with the Canadiens so far this season, and early signs point to him hoping to stay well beyond this season, the Montreal Gazette reports.
Wisniewski, who was traded from the New York Islanders to the Habs earlier this season, is in the final year of his contract and can become an unrestricted free agent this summer.
The 26-year-old said his wife, Nicole, always said she would like to live in Vancouver or Montreal.
"She had never been here before, but she spent some time studying in Europe," Wisniewski told the Gazette. "And when I was in Anaheim, Saku Koivu was always talking about what a great city this was and how much he enjoyed playing here."
It's uncertain when the Canadiens will explore the possibility of signing Wisniewski long-term, though talks could start after the Feb. 28 trade deadline.
Canadiens GM Pierre Gauthier is looking to make a few more additions to the roster for a playoff run, as his primary target is a top-six forward and a stay-at-home defenseman.
I would start at 3 years 9 mil and work from there...I think for 3-4 years and 3.5-3.7 mil would be reasonable. Maybe we can get a hometown discout or use the fact that there are a lot of good d-men to be UFA's this summer...
Actually no, he's praising Montreal and attracting UFA's for us playing elsewhere, if anything, we should hope the Ducks trade him to a new team so he can tell 20 new players how great it is to play in Montreal.