Montreal Canadiens forward Brendan Gallagher is putting a disappointing 2015-16 season behind him and looking ahead to 2016-17.
"You want to move on," Gallagher told TVA Sports at his Celebrity Softball Classic in Vancouver on Saturday. "We all look forward to the start of the season, and the faster we can dive back in there, the better."
Montreal finished with 82 points (38-38-6) and missed the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the first time since 2011-12. Gallagher missed 29 games with broken fingers and a lower-body injury, and a lower-body injury limited goalie Carey Price, the 2015 Hart Trophy and Vezina Trophy winner, to 12 games. After starting 9-0-0 for the first time in their history, the Canadiens went 21-34-4 after Price played his last game, Nov. 25 against the New York Rangers.
The Canadiens had a busy offseason. They acquired forward Andrew Shaw in a trade with the Chicago Blackhawks for two picks in the 2016 NHL Draft on June 24. Five days later, they traded defenseman P.K. Subban to the Nashville Predators for defenseman Shea Weber. Russian forward Alexander Radulov agreed to terms on a one-year contract July 1.
After meeting the Montreal media for the first time since the trade Tuesday, Weber was in Vancouver for Gallagher's softball game. Gallagher was happy to see his new teammate in attendance to help raise money for the Montreal-based Shriners Children's Hospital.
"Shea has had a bit of a busy week, so it talks about the type of person he is, the type of man that he is doing something like this for me," Gallagher told Sportsnet. "Obviously [I'm] very appreciative."
Edmonton Oilers forward Milan Lucic, Winnipeg Jets forward Mark Scheifele and Buffalo Sabres forward Sam Reinhart were among other NHL players who joined Gallagher. The inaugural event in 2015 raised more than $15,000 for the children's hospital.
"It's easy for me to do, I just invite all my buddies out, and we have some fun and play some softball," Gallagher said. "It's for a really good cause. I think what the Shriners do and what they're about, it's something I can feel passionate about, and I really appreciate and respect all the work that they do."