Le Journal de Montreal reported on Thursday that the Montreal Canadiens are one of “a few” teams currently negotiating with former Merrimack College center Stephane Da Costa.
Prior to NHL free agency opening earlier this month, it was reported by TSN that Da Costa was intending on returning to the NHL after three seasons in the KHL, playing for CSKA Moscow.
The 27-year-old has been more than a point-per-game player with CSKA Moscow the last three seasons, totaling 96 points in 94 games. This past spring for France at the IIHF World Championships, Da Costa scored 10 points in just six games, finishing as one of the tournament’s scoring leaders.
Last summer, Da Costa’s linemate with Moscow, Alexander Radulov, signed with the Montreal Canadiens.
Da Costa chose the KHL over the Senators three years ago, after the Senators refused to budge in negotiations and were offering a two-way contract, which would have given Da Costa a fraction of his NHL salary if he was assigned to the AHL.
Along with the Canadiens, earlier reports had Da Costa drawing interest from the expansion Vegas Golden Knights.