December 28, 2017 | 3:07pm ET
ARE THE CANADIENS INTERESTED IN LETANG?
Kris Letang, defenceman
The Montreal Canadiens have been looking for a puck-moving defenceman since the off-season, along with a top-center, and when Kris Letang’s name surfaced last week prior to the holiday roster freeze, it didn’t come as a shock to see the Habs linked to him.
On Saturday, during the “Headlines” segment on Hockey Night in Canada, Nick Kypreos reported the Penguins may be trying to moving one of their big assets, naming Letang as the likely candidate.
In his latest “31 Thoughts” column on Sportsnet.ca, Elliotte Friedman reported “there was a lot of Montreal conjecture after Letang’s name was reported.”
Letang, 30, has four-years left on his contract, which comes with a $7.25 million annual salary cap hit. He also owns an 18-team trade list, of which the Canadiens are believed to be on it.
Friedman noted, though, that if the Habs were to acquire Letang, they’d have almost $27 million tied up in four defenceman – Letang, Shea Weber, Jeff Petry and Karl Alzner – which is a significant amount to spend on a team’s blueline.
The Penguins have expressed interest in forward Alex Galchenyuk multiple times in the past, TFP can confirm, and it could be assumed Pittsburgh would want him in any deal involving Letang.
To date, however, Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin has been reluctant to move Galchenyuk to the Penguins, multiple league sources have told TFP, but that could change if Letang were coming back as part of a deal.
Letang’s health history – he’s suffered a stroke and has battled concussions – will make a move with any team difficult.