This has been quiet on the trade deadline front, but that will likely change soon at the 3 p.m. ET deadline on April 12 before the Islanders of New York add Kyle Palmieri and Travis Zajac Wednesday night, the only significant transaction was the acquisition of Eric Staal by the Montreal Canadiens

if (typeof __ez_fad_position! = ‘undefined’) {__ ez_fad_position (‘div-gpt-ad-thehockeywriters_com-medrectangle-3-0’)}; With the news that Brendan Gallagher has been placed on the Long Term Injury Reserve (LTIR) and is out for the remainder of the regular season, this now leaves the Canadiens leeway below the salary cap With that unexpected cap space , multiple prospects and 12 draft picks in 2021, GM Marc Bergevin is well positioned to add help to a roster that could position itself for a long playoff streak

The Habs are seen as having significant training, but there are still needs in the list that could still be met

Despite the addition of Joel Edmundson, who has a plus / minus differential of plus 30 as of April 7, during the offseason there’s still a need to add a puck-moving defenseman to help in the transition game. as on the power play (PP)

If there is one move to be made by Montreal, the most likely, and the one that would have the greatest overall impact, is to trade for a defender Nashville Predator Matthias Ekholm is the primary name who has reportedly been on the block for over a month, however, since the Preds went on an 8-2-0 run to move up to a playoff berth in the Discover Central Division. , so they are unlikely to be sellers by the deadlineif (typeof __ez_fad_position! = ‘undefined’) {__ ez_fad_position (‘div-gpt-ad-thehockeywriters_com-box-4-0’)};

According to Jeremy Rutherford of The Athletic, Vice Dunn of the St Louis Blues is a strong candidate to be traded in Rutherford States

Dunn asked for a bigger role, and when given one this season, he hasn’t done well

Dunn, a 2019 Stanley Cup champion with the Blues, might just not fit St Louis anymore and just need a change of scenery He’s a defenseman who excels in the transition, performing short, precise passes in traffic which can trap the front controller behind the game and generate a weird man situation as his team returns to the offensive He can also quarterback of a PP thanks to his mobility and his vision of the game, which the Canadians needed since the departure of Andrei Markov in 2017.

Defensively Dunn has some issues He can be beaten on his strong side His defensive style involves using body position to orient the attacker outward and has issues when defending against taller attackers and more physical That being said, his more mobile playstyle would compliment Shea Weber’s style in a twinning supporting role. The cost of acquiring Dunn would be a high pick, maybe even an added prospect, but adding a little help to the blueline and transition game could be worth the risk.

Another defensive target that could fill a long-term need is Noah Hanifin’s If the Calgary Flames chose to make a hockey trade during the season, Hanifin would be a great choice for the Canadiens blue line. Calgary is currently out of the playoffs which is likely seen as a failure given the high expectations heading into the season and the hiring of Darryl Sutter to rekindle the fire in Calgary The cost of adding a 6-foot-3, 215-pound mobile defender would be high A first-round pick, quality prospect and a good young player like Artturi Lehkonen would be a starting point The biggest advantage to evolving within the Scotia North Division is that there wouldn’t be a need for a seven-day quarantine before Hanifin joined the Canadiens

With Gallagher out for the remainder of the regular season, there may be room to add a forward to the Habs roster In the short term, head coach Dominique Ducharme will play with his lines and use the taxi team to juggle his lines A Cole Caufield recall could happen if he plays well in his first AHL games More likely, if he is recovering from an injury, Jesse Ylonen could be an option on the right wing Neither should be seen as immediate solutions to Canadiens scoring problems

There will be many options in the trade market; Mike Hoffman, maybe Bobby Ryan if you’re thinking of an inexpensive option Several Canadiens fans will claim Taylor Hall, but his two goals in 37 games with a cap of $ 8 million should allow Bergevin to avoid that option With questions about whether or not to keep Tomas Tatar, a warrant attacker might be a good option

Detroit Red Wings forward Anthony Mantha is a player who could be a great addition to the depth of the Canadiens left wing At $ 5-7million through 2024, the 6-foot-5 winger and 234 pounds could add more speed and size to the Habs top six Being from Montreal, that would also make a vocal part of the fanbase happy to have another local kid on the roster. Cost to add the former 26-year-old first-round pick would be steep The Canadiens are set to part ways with a top-end first prospect and a good young roster That being said, it may be worth it in the long run for a team hoping to enter a window of competition for the Cup soon.if (typeof __ez_fad_position! = ‘undefined’) {__ ez_fad_position (‘div-gpt-ad-thehockeywriters_com-large-leaderboard-2-0’)};

If there is any search for a hire forward, one name that could have an impact, especially in the playoffs, is Nick Foligno.It is likely that if traded he would go to the Blue Jackets of Columbus in low season so the rental cost would be much lower than Mantha, a second round pick and prospect to go with some cap retention on Foligno $ 5 5 million contracts expiring His proven leadership and serious playstyle are exactly the type of player Bergevin likes to add to his roster

The deadline is fast approaching and despite being a much improved team from last season, the Canadiens need help with defensive mobility and the transition. one move to make, that should be to add a mobile puck mover to the blue line, which is a need that Canadians will have in the medium term as their prospect pool matures It would also have the biggest impact on the current roster. Part of the fun for fans will be watching what happens next

I have been a writer covering the NHL and the Montreal Canadiens for over 6 years. I am also currently a 27 year veteran of the Canadian Armed Forces

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