The Montreal Canadiens have begun the selling process and have lots of for sale signs still up. Who else will they trade? Who stays put? Who has already packed their bags?
The Montreal Canadiens will be sellers today. They have already sold a few items ahead of today’s trade deadline, but will still be looking to move players for future picks and prospects as the day goes on today. The deadline does not hit until 3:00 P.M. Eastern time, and you can be sure that general manager Marc Bergevin’s phone will be ringing right up until the final minute.
He already traded Marco Scandella for a second round pick and a conditional fourth round pick. He also traded Ilya Kovalchuk last night for a third round pick. There are plenty of other players with a for sale sign attached to them, but the asking prices remain very high.
That doesn’t mean nothing else is going to happen. Teams that are battling for playoff spots will get desperate as the day goes on and will see division rivals adding players and they will up their offers in the final minutes.
So we will have to wait until the buzzer sounds to see who else will be leaving town right behind Scandella and Kovalchuk. Both of those players were acquired in January and Bergevin got much more for them than it cost to bring them in so it was a nice swap of assets for sure.
Also, both of those players are going to be unrestricted free agents this summer. With the Canadiens six points back of the final playoff spot in the Atlantic Division, it makes sense to move any expiring contracts so you don’t lose veteran players for nothing in July after missing the postseason.
So, who else is going to be dealt today? Some players have to be nervous as the day goes on. Others are probably pretty comfortable and know they won’t need to pack their bags any time soon.
Let’s take a look at the whole list. Who is definitely going to stay on the Habs roster following today’s trades and who already has one foot out the door?