Top 5 defensemen the Canadiens should target in free agency

The Montreal Canadiens should have just enough cap space to ink a solid blueliner to a deal who would immediately upgrade the unit.
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Tyler Myers would be a cost-effective addition this summer

For the Canadiens, signing someone via free agency works in two ways - they get a player or two willing to help a young team, but also one who they could trade elsewhere and at least get something for them. As with Chris Tanev, it’s also the case for Tyler Myers, who brings more of a physical edge than the former. 

Myers has 29 points for the Canucks this season, and he’s logging between second and third-pairing minutes with 133 blocks and 106 hits. Also, like Tanev, Myers wouldn’t factor in as an extra. But if he doesn’t re-sign with Vancouver, he will bring plenty of experience to play for what has been one of the NHL’s winningest teams this season. 

Another running theme here is to find not just a free agent with ample experience but also someone who won’t cost this team much to bring on. Myers may have had a $6 million AAV with the Canucks, but that won’t be the case as he heads into his career twilight.  

His presence, along with Tanev and the player listed in the next slide, would also give any fringe lineup player another season to develop in Laval, and that could pay dividends long-term.