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January 11, 2017 | 2:10am ET
Habs not committed to trading Plekanec

The Montreal Canadiens are contemplating trading center Tomas Plekanec, who has struggled this season, but it doesn't mean they're set on moving him.

On Saturday, during Hockey Night in Canada, Sportsnet's Nick Kypreos reported Plekanec could be on the move if the Habs find the right deal.

However, as Elliotte Friedman reported in his latest "30 Thoughts" column on, Plekanec's defensive strengths make him tough to move, considering how the Canadiens are considered to be a contender for the Stanley Cup this season.

While moving Plekanec and his $6 million salary cap hit is a possibility, unless the Canadiens obtain a second-line center as part of a deal in return, or in another trade, it appears unlikely, at this stage.

Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin wants to improve both ends of his hockey team prior to the March 1 trade deadline and could look to add both a top-six winger and a top-four defenseman in the next several weeks.

The Habs have expressed interest in Arizona Coyotes forward Martin Hanzal in the past, though it's unclear if the two teams are having an ongoing dialogue.


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