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January 27, 2014 | 11:30am ET
Perplexed Habs looking for help

As members of the Canadiens' current roster look to fix their recent woes internally, Montreal GM Marc Bergevin continues his search for outside help.

The Habs have struggled mightily of late, losing four straight and being outscored 27-11 in their last six games.

Bergevin has been looking for a top-six goal-scorer for a good portion of the season, though some pundits wonder if he'll also address his team's recently poor defensive play.

Rumors continue to swirl over the futures of forwards Rene Bourque, Daniel Briere and captain Brian Gionta, as their names continue to pop up in trade speculation.

Gionta owns a no-trade clause, Briere has a no-movement clause, and Bourque has a limited no-trade clause. All three players will have a say in where they're dealt to, if a deal is orchestrated.

While it's unlikely the Habs will sell their players, they could be looking to free up some salary cap space in an attempt to add others before the March 5 trade deadline.

According to, the Habs have roughly $3.1 million in cap space, today, and will have around $5.45 million in cap space by the deadline.

The Habs have been linked to Winnipeg Jets left wing Evander Kane, Columbus Blue Jackets right wing Marian Gaborik, who is currently injured, Florida Panthers right wing Brad Boyes and defenseman Dmitry Kulikov, and Buffalo Sabres left wing Matt Moulson, among others.

Bergevin isn't interested in making a trade simply for the sake of making one, and refuses to overpay for a typical rental player, but is willing to move some of his young prospects in order to bolster his roster.

Gaborik, Boyes and Moulson are set to become unrestricted free agents July 1, Kulikov is a pending restricted free agent, and Kane has four-years left on his contract beyond this season.

Teams have called Bergevin about the availability of players like P.K. Subban, Max Pacioretty, Brendan Gallagher and Lars Eller, all of whom are highly unlikely to be moved.

The Olympic roster freeze kicks in at 11:59pm ET on Feb. 7. It's unclear if the Habs will be able to make a move before then, or wait until closer to the trade deadline.

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