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The list of players who might be available is short, but would be longer if the Canadiens’ injury situation isn’t resolved by February. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins keeps surfacing in rumours, but his potential has to be weighed against a $6-million cap hit and the price the Canadiens would have to pay for him.
There are also fans who believe Arizona’s Martin Hanzal, 29, is the answer. Really? The 6-foot-6, 230-pound Czech has a reasonable cap hit ($3.5 million) but he hasn’t scored more than 16 goals in a season and has reached 4o points only twice.
Nick Kypreos pondered the possibility on Hockey Night in Canada’s Headlines segment Saturday night.
“There’s no indication that Pacioretty wants out of Montreal,” he said. “But it’s clear from a few other teams that they want to watch this situation closely.
With off-season acquisition Alexander Radulov proving a fast fit with the Montreal Canadiens, his agent is reportedly prepared to consider a long-term extension with the club should general manager Marc Bergevin be interested.
“He likes Montreal and the fans have quickly adopted him. I don’t see why this relationship can’t continue,”
Burrows has eyes on playoffs, Cup contenders may have eyes on him
Burrows would command considerable interest from Stanley Cup contenders as a rental in return for a draft pick. He has a history of scoring big post-season goals and is fiercely loyal, competitive and combative.
It’s difficult to imagine contenders like the New York Rangers and Montreal Canadiens wouldn’t have trade-deadline interest in Burrows. He has scored 19 goals in 70 playoff games. He could be reunited with Alain Vigneault for another Cup quest and playing for his hometown Canadiens would certainly cap an amazing beating-the-odds career. Run all that by Burrows and he sees where you’re coming from.
FWIW, I’ve heard of a few teams calling Montreal on Galchenyuk… not convinced he’s available, but Habs listening on different guys…
— Pierre LeBrun (@Real_ESPNLeBrun) February 29, 2016
I don't think the Habs are done trading. Have more confidence in Bergevin too after tonight, indirectly hearing his thoughts on the season.
— BrianWilde (@BWildeCTV) February 28, 2016
#canadiens keeps 30% of Dale Weise salary in the trade.
— Renaud Lavoie (@renlavoietva) February 27, 2016
Darren Dreger was on Montreal’s TSN 690 on Thursday morning.
On if he’s hearing anything on the Alex Galchenyuk trade rumor front:
“Yeah, just rumor. And again, let’s be careful with how this information is dissected. Galchenyuk’s name is out there, but only in the sense of a wonder. Teams wondering if Bergevin would consider something like that. Because he’s still a project. He’s still a developing player. Is he a center? Is he a winger? What is he? I think that’s what Michel Therrien has tried to find out. Has he had enough opportunity in playing center ice for anyone to fully determine that? I think the answer is no.
I can confirm that the #Habs are listening to offers (not shopping, but LISTENING) on Pacioretty & everyone except Subban & Price.
— Jimmy Murphy (@MurphysLaw74) February 25, 2016
ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun speculated last week that Montreal could be looking to deal a handful of veteran players, including left wing Tomas Fleischmann.
Fleischmann isn’t the hottest name on the trade block, but he could be a fit in Chicago. The 31-year-old inked a one-year deal with the Canadiens in September and has put up decent numbers this season, scoring 19 points in 55 games. Plus, at $750,000, he’s cap friendly.
The Habs have been shopping UFA forwards Dale Weise and Thomas Fleischmann along with defenceman Tom Gilbert.
“They were in hard on Jonathan Drouin… There hasn’t been a lot of results on that front, but I don’t think it’s been a lack of (activity).
There are already Montreal media members that have written off Carey Price for the World Cup of Hockey, the theory being that he should just focus on his health for the Montreal Canadiens ahead of next season, but Team Canada general manager Doug Armstrong still plans to name the injured goaltender as part of the first 16 players announced on March 2. Now, no question Armstrong will confer with Habs GM Marc Bergevin, who happens to be part of the Team Canada management staff, as well as Price himself, before naming him.