December 3, 2018 | 10:38am ET
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STARS WANT TO BOLSTER BLUELINE

 
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Karl Alzner, defenceman

 

The Dallas Stars are believed to be scouring the market for a defenceman to strengthen their defensive corps and have been exploring the league for some outside help.

As the team searches around for a stay-at-home rearguard, one player Dallas has expressed interest in is veteran Karl Alzner, whom the Montreal Canadiens recently sent down to the AHL.

Alzner, 30, is in the second-year of a five-year, $23.125 million contract and comes with a $4.625 million salary cap hit. He also owns a seven-team no-trade list.

The Stars were among the teams that pursued Alzner when he was an unrestricted free agent in July 2017.

TFP Editor-in-Chief David Pagnotta reported this week that trade interest in Alzner had picked up after he was placed on waivers, and his agent, J.P. Barry, was given permission to speak with other teams to help facilitate a move.

According to Pagnotta, teams want the Canadiens to retain a large portion of his salary and take a roster player back as part of a trade.

In addition to the Stars, the Toronto Maple Leafs, who also expressed interest in Alzner in July 2017, New York Islanders and Colorado Avalanche are among the teams that have also reached out to the Habs.

It’s unclear which other defencemen the Stars are keeping tabs on, though the Canadiens have also made blueliner David Schlemko available — Stars Assistant GM Les Jackson and one of the team’s pro scouts took in Sunday night’s game in Montreal — while the Los Angeles Kings have taken calls on Jake Muzzin, Alec Martinez and Derek Forbort.