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February 13, 2017 | 9:47am ET
Habs contemplating roster moves
TheFourthPeriod.com

The Montreal Canadiens have some serious decisions to make this week, during the team's bye week, that could lead to a significant trade.

Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin and his staff have been exploring the marketplace for a top-six goal-scorer and a top-four defenseman, and have been linked to several players.

Colorado Avalanche forwards Matt Duchene and Gabriel Landeskog, Arizona Coyotes center Martin Hanzal, St. Louis Blues forward Patrik Berglund and defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk, and Vancouver Canucks winger Alexandre Burrows have all been connected to the Habs in recent weeks.

It's unclear, at this point, if Bergevin is zeroing in on a trade, but the belief is that trade discussions will pick up this week, if they haven't already.

The Canadiens are 1-5-1 in February, with a minus-12 goal differential, and are at risk of losing their first-place position in the Atlantic Division to the Ottawa Senators, who are six points behind them with five games in hand.

Avalanche GM Joe Sakic, Assistant GM Chris MacFarland and an amateur scout took in Sunday's 4-0 loss to the Bruins in Boston, sparking speculation that the Avs and Habs are still involved in trade talks.

Sakic was spotted speaking with Bruins GM Don Sweeney for most of the second intermission.

Montreal's next game is Saturday at home against the Winnipeg Jets. Whether their current roster is still in place by then depends on Bergevin making any traction in trade negotiations.

 
 
 

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