What to expect from the Montreal Canadiens on Trade Deadline Day

OTTAWA, ON - JANUARY 11: Ilya Kovalchuk #17 and Tomas Tatar #90 of the Montreal Canadiens prepare for a faceoff against the Ottawa Senators at Canadian Tire Centre on January 11, 2020 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Jana Chytilova/Freestyle Photography/Getty Images)
OTTAWA, ON - JANUARY 11: Ilya Kovalchuk #17 and Tomas Tatar #90 of the Montreal Canadiens prepare for a faceoff against the Ottawa Senators at Canadian Tire Centre on January 11, 2020 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Jana Chytilova/Freestyle Photography/Getty Images) /
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What Are the Odds

Tomas Tatar has been the best offensive player on the Montreal Canadiens this season. He’s leading the team in scoring, by a considerable margin, with 21 goals and 34 assists for 55 points 64 games. The next player after Tatar on the team leaderboards is Philip Danault, who has 41 points.

Teams have been paying assets left and right for forwards heading into the Trade Deadline. The New Jersey Devils and Minnesota Wild received first-round picks and top prospects for trading Blake Coleman and Jason Zucker, respectively. What can the Habs get for Tatar?

Kovalchuk getting traded takes another top-nine forward off the trade bait board. The Colorado Avalanche and Calgary Flames are still a team looking to improve their forward lines. And something that is really going to determine things is Chris Kreider and Jean-Gabriel Pageau.

Talks between Kreider, Pageau, and their respective teams are getting to the point where trades are more likely. If that’s the case, those teams will have their sights set on them. But if they stick around, it could push the buyers to entice teams with players, such as Tomas Tatar, to move pieces.

Similar to Petry, it’ll take a light’s out offer for Marc Bergevin to move Tatar, and if it gets down to the wire, perhaps the Montreal Canadiens have their price matched.

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It’ll be an interesting day for the Habs. The Canadiens may be done after moving Scandella and Kovalchuk, but who knows what’s coming.