Will the Montreal Canadiens trade Max Pacioretty?
The Score: With the emergence of Alex Galchenyuk and Alexander Radulov, suddenly Max Pacioretty has become expendable. Pacioretty’s friendly $4.5-million cap hit, however, could gather a decent haul for GM Marc Bergevin. The Habs desperately want to stabilize their blue line beyond Shea Weber.
The Boston Bruins could trade Ryan Spooner for a defenceman
The Score: The odd man out in Boston appears to be Ryan Spooner. With the additions of David Backes, Riley Nash, and Dominic Moore created a glut of forwards capable of lining up at the center spot. It’s no secret the Bruins have been looking to add on defense, and Spooner makes a ton of sense as a literal centerpiece going the other way in a potential trade.
Ottawa Senators seeking bottom-six forward
The Fourth Period: The Ottawa Senators are in the market for bottom-six forward and GM Pierre Dorion is exploring his options. The Senators have just under $7.3 million in available salary cap space. It’s also unclear what the Senators are willing to offer in exchange for depth in their bottom-six, whether it’s an active NHL player, a prospect, a draft pick or a combination of the sort.