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Canadiens “Might Not Be Done” Making Moves Before 2020-21 Season

Apparently, the Montreal Canadiens might not be done making moves before the season starts. At least according to Elliotte Friedman.

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During the 31 Thoughts podcast, Elliotte Friedman said that someone told him “Montreal might not be done” and “that Bergevin still wants to make his team better.” Considering the many moves the Canadiens made this offseason, that’s a bit of a shocking piece of NHL news that is sure to get some attention.

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Jeff Marek responded, “Really?” when Friedman made the statement and the NHL insider just said, “It’s fits his M.O. right, like he’s not afraid.” Marek did admit that general manager Marc Bergevin did say it was his plan to do everything that he could to get the Canadiens back into the playoffs this season. With the Canadiens now in a run-and-gun North Division, perhaps the GM decided that he’s got a few more tricks up his sleeve.

The Canadiens are already considered one of the heavy favorites in the all-Canadian Division. In fact, Brian Burke recently labeled them as his favorites and most playoff-ready team. With the additions of Josh Anderson, Joel Edmundson, Jake Allen and Tyler Toffoli, they are a much improved team. But, is there more they can do?

The new taxi squad rules have opened up a little room for teams to do more. They can add depth that could come in and play in the event of illness or injury, but Bergevin might be keen just to ensure he’s got depth at the center position. This is a spot he’s asking two young budding stars to take on much more responsibility.

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Is This a Trade or A Signing?

Montreal has 21 players signed and only $383,000 in cap space. That means there’s not a lot of room to do much. The taxi squad gives them some additional space, but probably not to sign another player without making further moves. That brings in the element of a trade.

There has been talk surrounding players Philip Danault and Thomas Tatar. Do their names pop back up in rumors over the final two weeks before the season kicks off? If the Canadiens are at all worried about their center depth, moving Danault doesn’t make much sense.

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