November 29, 2018 | 9:15pm ET



Karl Alzner, defenceman


The Montreal Canadiens tried to trade defenceman Karl Alzner earlier this month, but came up empty and ultimately sent him down to their AHL affiliate in Laval after he cleared waivers this week.

Oddly enough, being placed on waivers may have taken trade discussions to another level, as TFP has learned negotiations have picked up in the last couple of days.

Alzner’s agent, J.P. Barry, was granted permission to talk to other teams to help facilitate a trade and that may have ultimately allowed for trade negotiations to take the next step.

According to one league source, several teams have recently expressed some level of interest in Alzner – with the Dallas Stars, New York Islanders, Colorado Avalanche, Toronto Maple Leafs and Washington Capitals among the teams to inquire – but those clubs are believed to want the Canadiens to retain a significant portion of the 30-year-old’s contract and take back a roster player to held manage his $4.625 million salary cap hit.

It’s possible the Islanders’ interest in Alzner is due to head coach Barry Trotz’s familiarity with the player from their time together in Washington.

Alzner, who has a seven-team no-trade list, has three more seasons on his contract after this season.

TFP Editor-in-Chief David Pagnotta contributed to this report.