The Montreal Canadiens are looking to add a center and will likely target Eric Staal at the NHL trade deadline.
The Montreal Canadiens are looking to add a center and will likely target Eric Staal at the NHL trade deadline.

Jean-Charles Lajoie of TVA Sports is reporting that Montreal Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin will be looking to acquire a center at the 2021 NHL trade deadline.

Lajoie feels Bergevin will be targeting Eric Staal. The veteran might be tempted to leave the Buffalo Sabers, as the Sabres are likely to miss the playoffs once again this year. 

β€œHe scored 42 goals just three years ago in Minnesota,” said Lajoie. He wastes the last years of his career with a club that is not going anywhere except into the wall. Olympic champion in 2010, Stanley Cup champion in 2006. He has always excelled against the Canadiens like his former teammate Erik Cole and, most recently, Josh Anderson. ” 

Lajoie went on to say, Staal is clearly at ease playing in Montreal as he has tallied 45 points in 50 games played against the Montreal Canadiens during his career.

A trade for Staal will not cost the Canadiens much. Likely a draft pick or prospect.

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