January 23, 2018 | 8:57pm ET
HABS HAVE MULTIPLE PIECES AVAILABLE
Paul Byron, winger
The Montreal Canadiens are looking to reshape their roster for the 2018-19 season and GM Marc Bergevin has been active exploring the market.
While Canadiens captain Max Pacioretty has taken most of the trade rumour spotlight, his asking price is extremely high and there are no guarantees the team moves him this season, or at all.
But Pacioretty isn’t the only player the Canadiens are willing to listen on.
As TFP Editor-in-Chief David Pagnotta reported late Monday night in his latest column, Canadiens forwards Tomas Plekanec, Paul Byron and Andrew Shaw, and defencemen David Schlemko and Jordie Benn are among those available in Montreal.
Plekanec, 35, is a pending unrestricted free agent. He comes with a $6 million salary cap hit and the Canadiens will most certainly be asked to retain a good portion of that figure in order to facilitate a trade.
Bergevin has been dangling Shaw since early on this season, while Byron and his modest $1.167 million salary cap hit have recently attracted interest from other clubs. Byron has one-year left on his contract beyond this season.
The Canadiens have plenty of salary cap space to play with and could add a significant contract to their roster, but such a move may be more likely to occur in the off-season.
Pacioretty, Shaw and Plekanec currently rank on TFP's Top 30 Available Players List.