It’s a crazy time of year, no doubt, and trying to keep track of all the somewhat legitimate trade rumours is time consuming. Aside from our regular NHL Insiders like Pierre LeBrun, Elliotte Friedman, Darren Dreger, Frank Seravalli and a few others, trying to weed out non-legitimate sources is harder than it seems at times.
The website thefourthperiod.com (TFP) cites various media reports as well as their own sources for their Top-40 trade watch list. In it, we can see the names of Ben Chiarot of course, but also Jeff Petry, Brett Kulak and Artturi Lehkonen.
But what is interesting and we haven’t seen before is that the Canadiens are linked to Vancouver Canucks’ right winger Brock Boeser. There are a lot of rumours around Vancouver, none more prominent than J.T. Miller but those have cooled off. Conor Garland, Tyler Mott, Tyler Myers and even team captain Bo Horvat have been in the rumours lately. Much like the Canadiens, the Canucks are tight to the cap and would like to shed some salary.
Boeser, a pending Restricted Free Agent with arbitrations’ rights, earns $5.875 million this season and is rumoured to be seeking a contract with an average or around $7.5 million. The right-winger is a true offensive weapon, a sniper, and he has great puck skills and a very quick release. The 25 year-old sees the ice well and is a good passer too.
Others linked to Montreal
TFP also links the Canadiens to two other players on their trade watch list and those don’t come as a surprise.
Florida Panthers’ Owen Tippett is one of them. The other is Vitali Kravtsov from the New York Rangers. Both those teams are rumoured to be interested in Canadiens’ defenseman Ben Chiarot and the Rangers are linked to Artturi Lehkonen as well. So it’s not unconceivable that the Canadiens could be after both young players.