RUMOR: Ducks defenseman to Montreal

It's no secret the the Anaheim Ducks are a contending team this season but are plagued by loads of injuries. Matt Larkin of The Hockey News has placed an interesting hypothesis.

With key players such as Ryan Kesler, Patrick Eaves and team captain Ryan Getzlaf out longterm, the Ducks have lost most of their best offensive players. Matt Larkin from The Hockey News has stated that Montreal Canadiens' Alex Gallchenyuk may be the solution to all of Anaheim's problems.

Number 27 of the Montreal team has been in many trade speculations this past season, and looks like a player who needs a fresh start even though he has found success along side Arturri Lehkonen and Jonathan Drouin. Although, Lehkonen is now out indefinitely due to a lower-body injury, that may slow down Galchenyuk's play. And that could be the reason the 23-year old could be traded, not producing enough.

But who could the Ducks possibly give up? Sami Vatanen could be a valuable target for the Canadiens'. His contract is almost the same as Galchenyuk's and since the Habs need some defensive depth it could be a solution to both teams' problems. If the Anaheim Ducks were to trade Vatanen, they would still have Hampus Lindholm, Josh Manson, Cam Fowler and Brandon Montour guarding the blue line.

On July 5th, the Canadiens' extended the centreman to a 3-year, $14.7 million contract. Vatanen is in the second year of a 4-year, $19.5 million contract. Do you think that a Galchenyuk-Vatanen trade would be fair for both teams?

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