Canadiens Rumors: 3 Trade Candidates After Monahan Dealt

The Montreal Canadiens are once again going to miss out on the Stanley Cup Playoffs. GM Kent Hughes isn't going to be shy leading up to the March 8 trade deadline and after Sean Monahan was dealt to the Winnipeg Jets, there's several players on the Habs to consider for deals.

The next batch of trade candidates for the Canadiens include: 

Tanner Pearson

We've shared recently Pearson's name is out there. He's a veteran forward who has 51 games of Stanley Cup experience under his belt which is hard to come by at the deadline. Pearson's been up and down since joining the Habs, but as a pending free agent who is reasonable cheap against the cap, especially if Hughes' retains salary, then he's a interesting depth piece for a lot of contending teams. Pearson's owed $3.25 million against the cap and doesn't hold any trade protection. With only four goals and eight points in 30 games, there's no doubt some salary is staying in Montreal.

Jake Allen

Hughes will be smart to cash in on Allen and the hot goalie market as there's a number of playoff-bound teams looking for depth in their crease. The Carolina Hurricanes, New Jersey Devils and LA Kings remain the top three with the Kings having contacted the Canadiens most recently. Allen is a veteran, he can win the big game and he's a reasonably cheap cap hit at $3.85 million this season and next. Allen owns a seven-team no-trade clause in his contract.

David Savard

Savard, like Allen, is under contract for next season and isn't a pure rental. The right-handed d-man is owed $3.5 million against the cap and could bring some depth to the top-four of a contending team. Savard plays in all situations, he's willing to do whatever it takes to win and as a righty, he's hard to come by. So far this season, Savard has recorded 11 points in 27 games and if he can stay healthy before the March 8 deadline, look for Hughes to cash in, by getting at least a second-round pick and prospect in the deal.

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