The Montreal Canadiens are in the market for a top-four defenseman just as much as a top-six forward and could find an option in St. Louis Blues rearguard Kevin Shattenkirk.
TFP reported this past week that the Canadiens and Blues have held trade discussions involving center Patrik Berglund, though some talks have included Shattenkirk.
Shattenkirk, 28, is in the final-year of a four-year, $17 million deal and is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent July 1.
During Saturday night's "Headlines" segment on Hockey Night in Canada, Nick Kypreos reported the Canadiens and Toronto Maple Leafs are two teams Shattenkirk would be interested in signing a long-term contract extension with.
The Habs would certainly be willing to sign Shattenkirk to an extension, but his price tag may be too high for their liking, and signing him to a new deal would increase the return the Blues would command.
In 56 games with the Blues so far this season, Shattenkirk has picked up 11 goals and 28 assists for 39 points.