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December 28, 2016 | 2:40pm ET
Canadiens continue to quietly shop

The Montreal Canadiens are getting the job done by committee and refuse to hit any panic buttons without top center Alex Galchenyuk and third-line center David Desharnais, both of whom are out of action with injuries.

When Galchenyuk went down with a lower-body injury, many around the hockey community wondered if the Habs would be on the lookout for a replacement up the middle.

Instead, the Canadiens remain atop the Atlantic Division and do not seem to be slowing down any time soon.

Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin and his staff are exploring the marketplace for upgrades, but are believed to be preparing for potential moves later in the season.

The Habs would like to add a top-six forward, possibly a center, and a top-four defenseman before the March 1 trade deadline, and have been linked to such players as Arizona Coyotes forward Martin Hanzal, Winnipeg Jets forward Alexander Burmistrov and Anaheim Ducks blueliner Cam Fowler in the past.

While a trade is not imminent, the Canadiens will continue to evaluate their options and search the trade market in the weeks leading up to the trade deadline.


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