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February 6, 2017 | 10:12am ET
Habs eyeing options up the middle
TheFourthPeriod.com

The Montreal Canadiens want to add to their roster prior to the March 1 trade deadline and the center position seems to be a main area of concern, as the Montreal Gazette notes.

Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin is in the market for a top-six forward, preferably a center, and a top-four defenseman.

The Habs have been spoken with the Colorado Avalanche about Matt Duchene, the Arizona Coyotes about Martin Hanzal and the St. Louis Blues about Patrik Berglund, among others.

The Gazette reports the asking price for Duchene -- defenseman Nathan Beaulieu, a top prospect and a first-round draft pick -- may be too high for Montreal, while Hanzal may also cost the team a top prospect.

As TFP reported over the weekend, the Canadiens are not interested in moving top prospect Mikhail Sergachev, though fellow defenseman Noah Juulsen may be in play, for a player of Duchene's caliber.

Bergevin has some salary cap flexibility of play with, but any significant trades would result in a higher-priced roster player heading back the other way.

 
 
 

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