Canadiens Trade Talk Rumors
The Montreal Canadiens have been rumored to be involved in numerous talks involving a number of players. Marc Bergevin is looking to improve his top six forwards and is willing to move some key pieces like Brian Gionta, Rene Bourque and Daniel Briere according to the Fourth Period.
He has been trying to free up some salary space, as well, dangling the likes of Brian Gionta and Rene Bourque.
It is well-known by now that the Canadiens are disappointed in Daniel Briere’s play and the 36-year-old veteran is unimpressed with his usage. There have been rumors earlier last month that Briere had asked the Habs for a trade out of his home city of Montreal, but there was nothing to really back that up. According to the Fourth Period GM Marc Bergevin has been trying to trade Briere for a little while now and some teams may have been sniffing around.
TFP reported on Thursday evening that the Habs were shopping veteran forward Daniel Briere, and that’s still considered to be the case.
A rumors surfaced on Thursday that the Montreal Canadiens and the Buffalo Sabres were talking and that momentum from previous talks were starting to pick up. The Briere rumor mill starting turning since he used to play for Buffalo and it may be a place where he would waive his no movement clause to play. The Canadiens would have to take back a hefty contract or retain part of Briere’s salary to complete a move and forward Drew Stafford quickly became the center of attention.
The Fourth Period also states that they have no sufficient evidence if the Habs have talked to Briere about waiving his NMC (no movement clause). Another source has said that Briere has not asked for a trade out of Montreal but nothing at this point has been confirmed from the team.
Teams have also inquired about top Habs like PK Subban, Max Pacioretty and Brendan Gallagher although it seems like they would have to overpay to pry them out of Montreal. What we can tell you is that Bergevin has been talking to other teams but nothing has really come to the point of an imminent deal.