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Are the Canadiens shopping Max Pacioretty?

Are the Canadiens shopping Max Pacioretty?

NEW YORK POST: Larry Brooks reports he keeps hearing chatter claiming the Montreal Canadiens are willing to trade Max Pacioretty “who apparently isn’t Jacques Martin’s ideal”. Brooks claims the Rangers are interested but they’re not a match. He also claims the Islanders and Flyers are “taking serious runs” at Pacioretty but he doubts GM Marc Bergevin would deal him to an Eastern team, “if he’s willing to deal him at all” after the trade freeze.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: I’m going to cut Brooks a break (’tis the season, after all) and assume he meant Michel Therrien, since Jacques Martin hasn’t coached the Habs in nearly two years. I wouldn’t be surprised if Bergevin is getting inquiries about Pacioretty, but I doubt he’s shopping the 25-year-old winger. Still, it is the holiday season, and since the trade freeze in in effect until 11.59 PM on December 27 (and this is the last rumor update until December 28th for me), let your imagination soar with fantasy trade offers, gang.

OTTAWA SUN: Bruce Garrioch reports league executives claim Rangers GM Glen Sather is trying to move several players (including Michael Del Zotto and Dan Girardi) in hopes of getting his club back on track. Apparently their only untouchables are Rick Nash, Henrik Lundqvist and Chris Kreider. The Senators have shown interest in Del Zotto but they’d have to dump some salary to take him on…The Blue Jackets are seeking a goalie and Garrioch believes Carolina’s Justin Peters would be a good fit…The Maple Leafs and Devils have expressed some interest in Oilers center Sam Gagner…Flames trade bait includes “Mikael Backlund, Sven Baertschi, Mike Cammalleri or Lee Stempniak”…The Kings have some forward depth they’re willing to deal…The Red Wings had some interest in Canucks defenseman Alex Edler but he’s not going anywhere…The Leafs are trying to sweeten the pot to acquire Tim Gleason from the Hurricanes in exchange for John-Michael Liles…Devils GM Lou Lamoriello is quietly shopping for scoring help…No contract talks yet between the Avalanche and UFA-to-be Paul Stastny…Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin has been shopping for scoring help for a while.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: If Ryan McDonagh isn’t also among the Rangers untouchables, Glen Sather must retire as their GM…If the Oilers hope to land some much-needed defensive help they might have to move a player like Gagner, though that would weaken their depth at center…Not much else to say about the rest.  Enjoy the rest of this Christmas week, folks, I’ll be back with regular updates on December 28th.