Are the Calgary Flames and Montreal Canadiens discussing a trade?
The Fourth Period: The Calgary Flames have been scouting the Montreal Canadiens lately, fueling speculation the two teams are engaged in trade negotiations. The Flames want to add a top-six forward and could have interest in Canadiens captain Max Pacioretty, winger Alex Galchenyuk or forward Paul Byron. The Canadiens, however, are believed to be asking for a top young centre or a top-pair defenceman along with a first-round draft pick and another asset in exchange for Pacioretty. Calgary GM Brad Treliving wants to add another goal-scorer to the roster by the Feb. 26 trade deadline. The Flames have been reluctant to part with 21-year-old forward Sam Bennett, but he could be made available for the right deal.
Patrick Maroon likely to be traded
Edmonton Sun: Patrick Maroon knows there’s a very good chance he gets moved by the Feb. 26 NHL trade deadline, and while he understands the situation he’s in, he doesn’t entirely like it. Several teams have expressed interest in Maroon, including the likes of the Boston Bruins, Toronto Maple Leafs, Nashville Predators, Los Angeles Kings and St. Louis Blues. It’s unclear what the exact asking price is, but the Oilers are expected to be looking for at least two assets in return.
What will the Vegas Golden Knights do?
The Athletic: Pierre LeBrun believes the Vegas Golden Knights could be content to keep their current roster in place for a postseason and run and gamble on losing their pending free agents. LeBrun wrote in The Athletic that general manager George McPhee is willing to keep James Neal and David Perron, despite their expiring contracts. He notes, however, that McPhee is likely to be reluctant to part with draft picks to acquire rentals at the trade deadline.