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February 9, 2014 | 7:22pm ET
Habs, Panthers discussing trade?
TheFourthPeriod.com

The Montreal Canadiens and Florida Panthers have spoken at different points in the season about making a move, and talks could pick up this month.

With the NHL in the middle of an Olympic break, teams can continue trade talks but cannot finalize deals until Feb. 24.

The NHL trade deadline is March 5, and several teams, including the Canadiens, are looking for upgrades as they make their way into the playoffs.

On Jan. 27, TFP first reported that the Habs and Panthers had engaged in trade discussions, with Florida forward Brad Boyes and defenseman Dmitry Kulikov being two players Montreal GM Marc Bergevin has expressed an interest in.

Boyes is set to become an unrestricted free agent July 1, while Kulikov is a pending restricted free agent.

The Panthers have been shopping Kulikov for most of the season, while Boyes is expected to be moved by the deadline.

The Ottawa Sun also reported on Sunday that the Canadiens are interested in Kulikov.

Bergevin, who has plenty of salary cap space to work with, is hoping to acquire a top-line goal-scorer this season and the emergence of rookie defenseman Nathan Beaulieu might keep him from dealing for a blueliner.


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