Report: Teams are calling the Canadiens about Galchenyuk

Associated Press

The Montreal Canadiens have already shipped out two key rental players (Dale Weise, Tomas Fleischmann), but they may not be done making moves.

According to ESPN hockey analyst Pierre LeBrun, teams are calling the Canadiens to inquire  about the availability of center/left winger Alex Galchenyuk.

Just because teams are calling, doesn’t mean the player’s actually available. It would be shocking to see Montreal part ways with one of the most talented players on their roster.

As you can see from LeBrun’s tweet, Montreal would prefer to move other bodies away.

Who could he be referring to?

Names like Lars Eller, Tomas Plekanec, Devante Smith-Pelly, Andrei Markov and Nathan Beaulieu have all come up at various times in the last few weeks.

Eller and Beaulieu, because of talent, age and cap hits, seem to be the most interesting names of the bunch.

Veterans Andrei Markov and Tomas Plekanec went through some tough stretches while the Canadiens were falling apart in December, January and February. They are still serviceable players, but they both have term and a lot of money left on their contracts.