The two teams might be facing off later tonight, but there seems to be more talk about a potential trade between the Montreal Canadiens and the Calgary Flames than the actual contest.
A move involving Max Pacioretty has come up, as the Habs captain's name has been mentioned several times in recent trade chatter, whether GM Marc Bergevin decided to be a buyer or a seller at the upcoming trade deadline.
Grant McCagg from Recrutes.com has revealed that possible talk between the Habs and the Flames involving Pacioretty would make sense for both teams, as Calgary is desperately seeking more scoring depth in its top six.
McCagg also mentions that Mark Jankowski could be one of the pieces going the other way. The 23-year-old is 28 games into his NHL career after being taken 21st overall in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft by the Flames.
Here is how McCagg explains it:
"A deal involving Jankowski would almost certainly include another young prospect/and or draft picks if the Flames hope to pick up one of the most productive wingers of the past half decade."
"Ideally, the Habs would like to fill their two major needs in one deal even if it would mean having to wait on the return as it may involve a prospect that is not yet NHL ready.
A deal centering around Jankowski and Adam Fox in exchange for Pacioretty and Plekanec would most certainly intrigue the Canadiens, but would Calgary be willing to part with two of its most coveted young players?"
A trade like this could be a win-win for both sides. The Holiday Freeze will possibly give both parties enough time to think about it and potentially prepare themselves to pull the trigger.