Montreal Canadiens Rumor: Flames Interested In Jordan Harris?

Feb 27, 2024; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; Montreal Canadiens defenseman Jordan Harris.
Feb 27, 2024; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; Montreal Canadiens defenseman Jordan Harris. / David Kirouac-USA TODAY Sports

The Montreal Canadiens have just four more days to get any deals done during the 2023-24 season.

This is a season that was always supposed to be part of the rebuilding cycle, and reality really set in with a recent five game losing streak. Suddenlty, the Canadiens were more than a dozen points outside of a playoff spot and looking fondly at top prospects in an upcoming draft once again.

They have already netted some promising futures with first overall pick Juraj Slafkovsky and top five selection David Reinbacher, but that doesn't get the out of the woods just yet. So, with the deadline arriving on Friday, the Canadiens will be looking to trade veteran assets for something that will help them in the future.

However, they are also in an odd spot with their defense. They have a plethora of young defenders already on the roster, and have Logan Mailloux and Justin Barron playing well in the American Hockey League. Lane Hutson and Reinbacher will be arriving with the Laval Rocket or Canadiens by the end of the season as well and there are just too many options to give everyone ice time.

That means a young defenseman could be on the way out soon. Accoring to The Win Column, a Calgary Flames site, the Flames are interested in acquiring Jordan Harris from the Canadiens and it does make sense from both sides.

The Flames are retooling and have moved out Chris Tanev. They are also expected to trade Noah Hanifin as well. They could use some help on the back end but need younger players that can step into the lineup right away. After all, they are in 9th place in the Western Confernce, though they have considerable ground to make up to get into the top eight and make the playoffs.

The Flames also have a lot of young forwards and could be looking to move one for a young defenseman. They are not going to ship out one of their best like Matt Coronato, Connor Zary or Jakob Pelletier, but the next tier down is where the Canadiens could go shopping.

That would give them a shot at a big young second round pick like William Stomgren who is still trying to find his offensive game at the pro level. Or perhaps Cole Schwindt who was part of the enormous Matthew Tkachuk trade and has limited NHL experience at this time.

It is definitely a trade that could make sense for both sides and worth keeping an eye on as the trade deadline looms.