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June 16, 2016 | 10:20am ET
Bergevin looking at adding sniper

The Montreal Canadiens are believed to be scouring the trade market in an attempt to add a top-six forward to their roster for the 2016-17 season.

The Canadiens have struggled offensively over the years and GM Marc Bergevin has been trying to remedy the situation with a long-term solution instead of short-term fixes, some of which have failed.

It's unclear whom the Habs are pursuing, specifically, though Bergevin has been exploring the market for some time, according to two league sources.

The Habs have been dangling the likes of forwards Lars Eller and David Desharnais for some time, but they're unlikely to draw a significant return without adding a top prospect to a package.

Bergevin has been reluctant to move some of his top, young talent, as forwards Michael McCarron and Nikita Scherbak could be counted on to add some extra fire power next season if the Habs are unable to acquire a sniper via trade or through free agency.

It has been widely reported that the Canadiens will kick the tires on Steven Stamkos if he hits the open market July 1 -- teams can begin talking to pending unrestricted free agents after the Draft -- but signing him seems unlikely.

Montreal is also tinkering with moving up in the NHL Draft. The Canadiens currently have the ninth-overall selection in the Draft.


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