Wednesday March 5, at 3PM ET is the NHL trade deadline. Many fans (and players) will be anxious to learn if Habs GM Marc Bergevin will be a buyer or seller at the trade deadline. But anyone can spin any potential deal as a benefit to the club.
These are the players that might be involved should a deal go through:
Andrei Markov (D); a UFA after this season. Apparently Habs offered him a 1 year extension. Markov wants three years.
Brian Gionta (RW); a UFA after this season. Does he want to return to New Jersey after this season if he doesn’t re-sign with Montreal? Does Habs GM have Gionta on his long-term plans?
Lars Eller (C/F); after a promising start playing with Alex Galchenyuk and Brendan Gallagher, Eller’s play has gone downhill. People questioning his hockey IQ. But he does have up-side.
Rene Bourque (LW/RW); Bourque has two more seasons after this at $3.33M cap-hit. what you see is what you get with Bourque.
Travis Moen (LW); A Stanley Cup veteran with Anaheim, he can give a team some added depth.
Daniel Briere (C/LW); Don’t look now but Briere is making the most of his ice time scoring 11 goals in 50 games. He has one season remaining at $4.0M.
Francis Bouillon (D); The Canadiens have a backlog of defenceman in Hamilton and Bouillon could be used for depth for another team.
Louis Leblanc (F); Buried in the minors, Leblanc is a RFA after this season and could use a fresh start with another organization.
The Canadiens have been quasi active over the last few years at the trade deadline. Last season at the trade deadline, Habs GM Bergevin picked up Davis Drewiske (D) from LA Kings in exchange for 2013 5th Rnd Draft Pick (Patrik Bartosak, G). Drewiske has been injured all of 2013-14 and was sent to Hamilton (AHL) today after clearing waivers.
Back in 2012, in then GM Pierre Gauthier’s last role with the club, he traded Andrei Kostitsyn to Nashville for 2013, 2nd Round Pick (Jacob de la Rose, LW). And leading up to the trade deadline dealt Hal Gill to Nashville for Blake Geoffrion (F), Robert Slaney (F) and 2012, 2nd Round Pick (Dalton Thrower, D).
In 2010’s trade deadline, Habs traded Matt D’Agostini (F) to St. Louis for Aaron Palushaj (F).
Back in 2008, GM Bob Gainey at the time, dealt starting goalie Cristobal Huet to Washington for 2009, 2nd Round Draft Pick (traded to Atlanta, Jeremy Morin – LW), handing the starting goaltending reigns to rookie Carey Price.
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