Even though Alex Galchenyuk has been playing much better than at the start of the season, that doesn't mean all the trade rumors surrounding him will just vanish. The Hockey News' Matt Larkin is the latest to suggest the 23-year-old forward could be traded over the next few weeks.
He mentions that the Anaheim Ducks could be great partners for the Montreal Canadiens, since Ryan Getzlaf will miss the next two months because of an injury;
"He’s signed through 2019-20, meaning he’s not a pure rental. He can play wing or center. The Habs don’t seem to have any confidence in him, as GM Marc Bergevin publicly trashes him every chance he gets. The price thus might be quite reasonable for someone who is still just 23 and has a 30-goal season to his name."
Larken mentions that the Ducks could trade away one of the young and talented defensemen, as soon as Cam Fowler is back from his injury:
"A prospect like Jacob Larsson probably wouldn’t be enough – but Sami Vatanen would be an ideal fit. He costs roughly the same as Galchenyuk, with only a $25,000 difference in their cap hits, and the Ducks have a younger, cheaper blueliner who offers the same strengths as Vatanen in the emerging Brandon Montour."
Vatanen, a 26-year-old blueliner, was selected in the fourth round of the 2009 NHL draft. He played 271 career NHL games, in which he scored 124 points. His best season was in 2015-2016, when he amassed 38 points in 71 games.
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