Montreal Canadiens: Hypothetical Habs Trade With Every Central Division Team

BUFFALO, NY - FEBRUARY 23: Nikolaj Ehlers (Photo by Timothy T Ludwig/Getty Images)
BUFFALO, NY - FEBRUARY 23: Nikolaj Ehlers (Photo by Timothy T Ludwig/Getty Images) /
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Winnipeg Jets

The Winnipeg Jets have traded a draft pick for  a centre each of the past three seasons and they still don’t have anyone to play behind Mark Scheifele. They traded a first round pick for Paul Stastny who was a great fit in their 2018 postseason run. They moved a first round pick for Kevin Hayes who didn’t fit quite as seamlessly and they recently moved a fourth round pick for Cody Eakin who will be a free agent in a couple weeks.

They need to put an end to this cycle and find a responsible, two-way centre that can play on the second line.

The Habs happen to have some depth down the middle at the moment. They would be comfortable moving a centre like Max Domi or Phillip Danault if they find the right player in return. The right player would preferably be a top six right winger that plays a bit of a nasty, physical game and is capable of scoring 30 goals.

The Jets also find themselves in a bit of transition on their blue line. After losing Dustin Byfuglien, Jacob Trouba and Tyler Myers last summer, they are watching depth pieces like Nathan Beaulieu, Dmitry Kulikov, Luca Sbisa and Dylan DeMelo head to free agency soon.

They could use a reliable, steady defender for the second or third pairing but their biggest need is definitely that top six centre.