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February 28, 2014 | 5:50pm ET
Habs still in market for power forward
TheFourthPeriod.com

The Montreal Canadiens would love to acquire a top-six power forward with an eye for the net, but they aren't about to mortgage the future to acquire one.

Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin is not willing to overspend for a rental player in the final year of his contract, but could be convinced to move key pieces for someone with multiple years left on his deal.

The Habs have been linked to Winnipeg Jets left wing Evander Kane since last summer's NHL Draft, and while inquiries were made earlier in the season, it's uncertain if the two teams are still in discussions.

Bergevin has several pieces he is willing to move off his roster, including veterans Brian Gionta and Rene Bourque, though their high salaries are likely to keep a deal from happening.

Meanwhile, the Canadiens remain in talks with Andrei Markov's agent, former NHL forward Sergei Berezin, over an extension.

Montreal initially pitched Markov a one-year extension, but is believed to be willing to go to two-years on a contract.

Markov, 35, wants to play out the rest of his NHL career with the Habs, but also wants a three- or four-year deal.

The Habs have received one significant trade offer for Markov, a source with knowledge of the situation told TFP, though the team remains hopeful they can come to terms on an extension.

Negotiations between the two sides will continue between now and the March 5 trade deadline.


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