The Montreal Canadiens believe they have a very good shot at competing for the Stanley Cup this season and GM Marc Bergevin is trying to add a few pieces to improve his team's chances.
The Habs are in the market for a top-six forward and a second-pair defenseman, and have been exploring a variety of options that include trading for a player with term left on his contract and a player with an expiring contract.
It is no secret the Canadiens have expressed interest in both Colorado Avalanche center Matt Duchene and Arizona Coyotes center Martin Hanzal, and other players are on their radar.
Bergevin is believed to have expressed some form of interest in St. Louis Blues center Patrik Berglund, who owns a limited no-trade clause where he can list six teams he will not accept a trade to.
It's unclear if the Canadiens have also discussed Blues defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk, a pending unrestricted free agent this summer, like Berglund, and a player St. Louis is expected to trade prior to the March 1 trade deadline.
The Habs have plenty of young players they're willing to dangle, but one up-and-coming stud they refuse to part with, barring a ridiculously tempting offer, is last summer's ninth-overall selection Mikhail Sergachev.
Sergachev, 18, started the season with Montreal, playing in three games before being sent down to the OHL's Windsor Spitfires. In 32 games with Windsor so far this season, Sergachev has tallied five goals and 25 assists for 30 points, and 51 penalty minutes.
The Canadiens are extremely high on Sergachev and expect him to evolve into a top-pairing defenseman. He's caught the attention of several teams, including the Avalanche, but Bergevin has made it known it would take a very significant offer in order to part with him.
Another one of Montreal's top young blueliners, however, could be in play.
Blueliner Noah Juulsen, whom the Habs are also high on, an Eastern Conference team representative told TFP, is believed to have been discussed with at least one team in recent trade discussions.
Drafted 26th overall by the Canadiens in 2015, Juulsen is currently captaining the WHL's Everett Silvertips.
Meanwhile, both the Avalanche and Coyotes have reportedly expressed interest in young forward Michael McCarron.