February 10, 2018 | 9:19Am ET
FLAMES, CANADIENS TALKING TRADE?
Marc Bergevin, Canadiens GM
The Calgary Flames have been scouting the Montreal Canadiens lately, fueling speculation the two teams are engaged in trade negotiations.
On Friday night, Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin inadvertently poured gasoline all over the trade rumour fire when he took in the Flames’ 4-3 loss to the Rangers in New York.
The two teams have been keeping tabs on each other though, with members of the Flames scouting and analytics department watching the Habs of late.
It’s unclear whom the Flames are eyeing, specifically, but the club does want to add a top-six forward and could have interest in Canadiens captain Max Pacioretty, winger Alex Galchenyuk or forward Paul Byron.
The Canadiens, however, are believed to be asking for a top young centre or a top-pair defenceman along with a first-round draft pick and another asset in exchange for Pacioretty, and the Flames do not have their 2018 first-round pick. It’s possible the Habs alter their asking price should a team offset the first-round selection for a high-end asset.
Calgary GM Brad Treliving wants to add another goal-scorer to the roster by the Feb. 26 trade deadline. The Flames have been reluctant to part with 21-year-old forward Sam Bennett, but he could be made available for the right deal.