Montreal Canadiens: Five Players Habs Could Buy At Trade Deadline

Dec 18, 2023; Winnipeg, Manitoba, CAN;  Montreal Canadiens defenseman Justin Barron.
Dec 18, 2023; Winnipeg, Manitoba, CAN; Montreal Canadiens defenseman Justin Barron. / Terrence Lee-USA TODAY Sports
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Jack Roslovic

The Columbus Blue Jackets are a mess this season. They fired their head coach before he ever coached a game, they can't get their high priced veterans like Patrik Laine and Johnny Gaudreau to produce at the rate their paycheques suggest they should and they can't win at all.

I'd be less surprised to see the sun rise in the north tomorrow morning than I would be to see the Blue Jackets enter a playoff race. They will be sellers for certain, but they don't really have a lot to offer.

Jack Roslovic is one player that is a pending unrestricted free agent and should be moved ahead of the trade deadline. He is a versatile forward who can play center or the wing and has eight points in 14 games this season. He has been out since November 13th with a fractured ankle, but should be back on the ice soon.

Roslovic scored 11 goals and 44 points for the Blue Jackets last season and had 22 goals and 45 points the season prior. He wouldn't come as cheap as others on this list, but with the ability to play center, he would ensure Jake Evans stays on the fourth line instead of the second line later in the season.

It might not make sense for the Canadiens to deal a second round pick or a simialrly valued prospect for a pending free agent, but if they really want their young players, especially that group of defensemen to gain some expereince by playing in big games, it wouldn't be the worst idea. Especially if the team finds itself in a wildcard spot on trade deadline day.