"It was hard, if I'm being sincere," Gallagher said Thursday in a video conference call with reporters."He got cross-checked in the face and he didn't want to miss out on a shift, he didn't desire to leave," Bergevin said."I do not prove individuals incorrect, I always try to prove individuals right," said Gallagher, who has one year left on his previous agreement with an AAV of $3.75 million."I can't talk about Berg without talking about passion," Gallagher stated."It's unbelievable to see the additions we've able to make," Gallagher stated. Gallagher breaks jaw in playoff game:

Montreal Canadiens forward Brendan Gallagher suffered a broken jaw from a cross-check by Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Matt Niskanen on Wednesday. 0:25

In 8 NHL campaigns with the Canadiens, Gallagher has 173 goals and 334 points in 547 games to go along with 25 points (11 goals, 14 helps) in 49 career post-season contests.

Not bad for a gamer drafted 147th overall back in 2010.

"I don't show people wrong, I constantly try to show individuals right," said Gallagher, who has one year left on his previous agreement with an AAV of $3.75 million. "I like to provide credit to the lots of individuals that thought in me along the way.

"I needed to work hard for this, simply like every single person because locker room needed to strive. My story is no various than anybody else. Everyone deals with obstacles, everyone faces hardship."

He added the respect Bergevin has revealed him goes both methods.

"I can't speak about Berg without speaking about enthusiasm," Gallagher stated. "His very first year here was my very first year here. He belonged of the group that had the ability to offer me a shot in this league and give me that chance.

"I'll forever be grateful."

Up versus wage cap

Bergevin's busy off-season has also included trading for backup goalie Josh Allen from St. Louis as cover for Carey Price, snagging defenceman Joel Edmundson from Carolina, and securing winger Josh Anderson from Columbus.

Edmundson signed a four-year, US$ 14-million extension to give up unrestricted free company, Allen re-upped on a two-year, $5.75-million pact that begins in 2021-22, and Anderson, who was gotten for Max Domi, tattooed a seven-year, $38.5-million arrangement that starts at the same time.

Bergevin, who secured defenceman Jeff Petry on a four-year, $25-million extension through 2024-25 in September, also included previous 30-goal man Tyler Toffoli in complimentary firm, signing the winger to a four-year, $17-million deal.

All the relocations push the Canadiens to within just over $380,000 dollars of the NHL's stagnant $81.5 salary cap-- which might remain at that level for some time because of the monetary realities brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic-- according to CapFriendly.com.

Montreal could be dealing with some more difficult choices with Tomas Tatar ($4.8 million AAV), centre Phillip Danault ($3.083 million AAV) and winger Joel Armia ($2.6 million AAV) all getting in the final years of their contracts and poised to become UFAs after next season.

However that's not the Canadiens' or Gallagher's focus on right now.

"It's unbelievable to see the additions we've able to make," Gallagher stated. "Sitting there and you're thinking of where you wish to be, and you include those pieces on top of what we had as a group and what we were building ... it's quite amazing right now for anybody around the Montreal Canadiens."