05/15/2015 11:57 EDT | Updated 05/15/2016 01:12 EDT

Montreal Canadiens cut ties with veterans Gonchar, Weaver, Malhotra

BROSSARD, Que. - Veterans Manny Malhotra, Sergei Gonchar and Mike Weaver will not be back with the Montreal Canadiens next season.General manager Marc Bergevin said he informed all three of the decision on Friday."The did great service for our team," said Bergevin. "On the leadership side, these guys really helped with the transition."Gonchar, 41, had one goal and 12 assists in 45 games and helped Jonathan Beaulieu develop into a regular NHL defenceman.Malhotra, a 34-year-old centre, had a goal and three assists in 41 games while defenceman Weaver, 37, had four assists in 31 games.None of them played in the post-season.Bergevin met with the media to review the Canadiens season, which ended with a second round elimination by the Tampa Bay Lightning.The GM vehemently defended coach Michel Therrien and said he expects all his coaching staff to return.He also said his management team will meet to decide whether to name a captain or continue with four alternate captains next season.