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October 24, 2017 | 6:53pm ET
Habs willing to trade Shaw?
TheFourthPeriod.com

The Montreal Canadiens are looking for ways to dig themselves out of the very large hole they've left after starting the season 1-6-1.

Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin has been manning the phones, but there does not appear to be a helping hand out there willing to assist him.

In his latest "30 Thoughts" column on Sportsnet.ca, Elliotte Friedman suggests the Habs are unlikely to move forward Alex Galchenyuk, at this point in time, but "would move" gritty forward Andrew Shaw.

Shaw, 26, has four-years left on his contract beyond this season and comes with a $3.9 million annual salary cap hit.

Friedman also reported the Canadiens might be willing to take on some of Shaw's contract, though it's unclear if a deal involving Shaw is imminent.

Multiple league sources have told TFP the Habs are not actively shopping Galchenyuk, but will listen to calls on just about any of their players. It is believed the Canadiens want to see Galchenyuk develop with them, but if the right deal came along, they would strongly consider it.

The Habs remain in the market for a top-six forward and could package Shaw in a larger deal for a top-line, impact player.

The Canadiens have roughly $7.67 million in current salary cap space and have the flexibility to retain some salary and take on a larger contract, if need be.

 
 
 

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