Despres has been offered an AHL contract by the Montreal organization.

While it's better than no contract, a minor-league-only deal would not allow Despres to be called up during the season -- although the team could still sign and promote him down the road -- which is likely why the defender is looking into his options. Invited to camp on a tryout, it is a little surprising to see the team not pursue at least a two-way deal for the veteran considering it will be without Shea Weber (knee) and David Schlemko (knee) for Opening Night and beyond.

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