Are the Habs looking to make a deal with Florida?

The Panthers and Canadiens have been circling each other for the past few weeks. With Francis Bouillon struggling, Montreal might have some interest in Kulikov as well, but it’s a better bet that they’re looking at big center Shawn Matthias. The Habs are deep down the middle, but Matthias would give them a dimension they lack–a strong forward willing to drive the net and compete on every shift.

Florida’s in no rush to deal, though. Mathias is signed through next season and demand is likely to rise as the deadline approaches and teams look to add some size. But Montreal needs size now, and they may be willing to pay a premium to fill the need early in order to stay in the playoff mix in the Atlantic.

So what about those juicy rumors that have the Flyers listening to offers for Brayden Schenn? Well, with Paul Holmgren involved, it’d be crazy to rule them out entirely–this is a guy who falls in and out of love with players the way a teenage girl does with pop stars–but on this one he’d risk whatever credibility he has remaining. Schenn is 22 and leading the team in scoring. Unless he was part of a package that saw Shea Weber coming the other way, he’s not going anywhere.