February 15, 2019 | 7:45pm ET
CANADIENS LOOKING TO ADD AT BOTH ENDS
Marc Bergevin, GM
The Montreal Canadiens are not planning on trading away any of their top prospects or first-round draft picks for a short-term addition ahead of the Feb. 25 trade deadline, but GM Marc Bergevin is scouring the market for upgrades at both ends of the ice.
Having already bolstered the team’s fourth line with the additions of Dale Weise and Nate Thompson in two separate trades, Bergevin is believed to be in the market for a top-six forward and a top-four lefthanded defenceman.
Bergevin is not expected to give up a high price for a rental player, and may very well stay out of the rental game completely, but the Canadiens have been linked to pending unrestricted free agent forwards Derick Brassard of the Florida Panthers and Kevin Hayes of the New York Rangers.
Up front, the Habs have also reportedly expressed interest in Los Angeles Kings centre Jeff Carter and Anaheim Ducks forward Adam Henrique, among others, and acquiring either player would result in larger deal being consummated.
Bergevin recently took in two Ducks games before Anaheim visited Montreal last week, fueling speculation he was there to see Henrique and defenceman Cam Fowler.
The Canadiens tried to acquire Fowler two summers ago around the 2017 NHL Draft. Fowler is currently in the first-year of an eight-year, $52 million contract and owns a four-team trade list and would likely need to approve a move to the Habs if one is agreed upon by the two clubs.
Montreal is exploring the defence trade market and any move made for an impact lefthanded defenceman will likely come in the form of a larger deal.
The Canadiens have a considerable amount of salary cap space to play with, should Bergevin look to add a big fish ahead of the trade deadline or via free agency this July.