The Montreal Canadiens are the newest team to be included in publicized speculation as one of the teams interested in Colorado Avalanche center Matt Duchene.
Duchene, 26, has two-years left on his contract, after this season, that comes with a $6 million salary cap hit.
TSN Hockey Insider Darren Dreger reported earlier this week on TSN690 in Montreal that the Habs are among the teams that have inquired about Duchene's availability, but added that the in-season asking price might prevent them from acquiring Duchene before the March 1 trade deadline.
According to various reports, the Arizona Coyotes, Los Angeles Kings, Detroit Red Wings, Carolina Hurricanes and Nashville Predators are among the teams interested in Duchene.
The asking price for Duchene, as of now, is believed to include Canadiens young star defenseman Mikhail Sergachev, which appears to be a non-starter for the Habs.
Montreal's Direction of Pro Scouting, Eric Crawford, was scheduled to take in Wednesday night's Avalanche game in Los Angeles against the Kings.