With the recent news that Shea Weber will be not playing next season, that leaves a gaping hole in the Montreal Canadiens defensive squad. GM Marc Bergevin will be searching for a replacement this offseason.
TVA Sports is reporting that the Habs should target Seth Jones. NHL trade rumors have been going around that the Columbus Blue Jackets will be looking to trade him this offseason. The question is, does Jones, 26, want to play in Canada and for a trade to happen the Canadiens may have to part with Cole Caufield.
If the Habs decide to go the free agent root, they can target Tyson Barrie. He will help Montreal’s power play and improve the team’s transition game. Barrie led all dman with 48 points last season.
If Montreal wants to spend a little more on a dman, they can go after Dougie Hamilton. Hamilton has amassed 82 points in his last 102 games. He’s not as intimidating as Weber, but his effectiveness as a defenceman is undeniable.