The talks surrounding New York Islanders captain John Tavares have been ongoing since the start of the 2017-18 season. They will keep going until the star forward signs an extension with his club - which seems likely - or if he gets moved to a rival team - as a lot of NHL fans hope to witness.
In the meantime, several teams around the League are still looking for help down the middle, and the focus might shift from Tavares to two new centres that are expected to hit the market.
According to Felix Seguin of TVA Sports, the Montreal Canadiens, who have been looking to acquire a centreman, should take a look at young forward Boone Jenner of the Columbus Blue Jackets, and Zemgus Girgensons of the Buffalo Sabres.
The Habs are not the only team looking to boost their offense, as the Ottawa Senators, Boston Bruins, Pittsburgh Penguins and New York Rangers are also shopping to add a centre.
Jenner and Girgensons would be more affordable than Tavares on the market, while being good additions to a lineup.
In 2015-16, Jenner recorded 30 goals in 82 games with the Jackets. A change of scenery could spark it back for the 24-year-old, who has amassed three goals and nine points in 23 contests this season.
In Buffalo, Girgensons has not competed as a first rounder, but he could up his game if given the chance.
If Habs GM Marc Bergevin does not try to make a move for one of them, another club certainly will.