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Possible Deadline Targets for the Habs

Habs' Marc Bergevin

As we all know by now Marc Bergevin has been working the phones, sending his personnel all over the league to scout players but which players? Seems like every player that is on the trade market, Bergevin has had his hands in the mix. We know that he can’t have every player but which players would impact Montreal the most at tomorrow’s 3PM EST deadline? Here’s a list of three players that I believe would impact Montreal immediately.

3. Nail Yakupov – 62GP, 9G, 12A, 21PTS

This kid still has tons of potential. He was drafted 1st overall in 2012 for a reason. He can skate and he can score. Although his first 2 years in Edmonton have been rough and shaky, his talent cannot be overlooked at all. Yakupov has shown flashes of his true potential as of late. Reuniting Galchenyuk and Yakupov could spark him to become the talent he was scouted to be. Also, Yakupov would fit in real nice with the amount of Russians here on the team. Yakupov’s defence is a question mark but with the help of Michel and the coaches, I believe they could elevate his defensive play. I believe that this could be one trade, if made, would pay off in the long run for Montreal.

2. Jordan Eberle – 62GP, 15G, 29A, 44PTS

Sticking to Edmonton, Jordan Eberle’s name has been thrown out there for a while now and has been on Bergevin’s tracker for some time. Let’s take a trip down memory lane back to 2009 when Eberle stepped up and delivered the clutch-tying goal to lead the Canadians over the Russians at the World Juniors. My point is Eberle is a clutch goal scorer something this team hasn’t had in a long time. Pacioretty is a pure goal scorer whereas Eberle has soft hands & just has a thing for timely goals. If the Canadiens were to acquire a talent such as Eberle, he would fit in perfectly on the top line with Pacioretty and Desharnais. The kid is a point producer and will be for years to come.

1. Keith Yandle – 62GP, 4G, 36A, 40PTS

Last night on Hockey Night in Canada, Elliotte Friedman mentioned that a contending team in the Eastern Conference was making a run at Yandle’s services. Montreal’s defensemen have been pretty solid as of late but adding a player like Keith Yandle, who is in the prime of his career, would legitimately put the Habs as a front-runner for the Stanley Cup. Yandle brings an offensive punch, very solid on the defensive end, and is a character guy something Bergevin thrives for on this team. Yandle has played in every single Coyotes game since 2009-10, which is pretty remarkable. You have to believe that Bergevin will try and acquire Yandle but not hurt the future while doing so.

Over the past couple of weeks, a couple of Habs players have been thrown out there in trade discussions such as Zach Fucale, Lars Eller and Alexei Emelin, if healthy.

Only time will tell if any of these three potential trade targets will end up in a Habs uniform.

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