Rumor: Player heavily involved in trade talks absent from practice.

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There is some very interesting speculation going on in Montreal.

According to multiple reports Canadiens forward Tomas Plekanec is noticeably absent from practice today, and while the cause could be any number of reasons, it's notable due to the fact his name has come up in trade discussions.

Earlier this week reports surfaced suggested that Plekanec's suddenly newfound playing time on the power-play was a result of the Canadiens shopping him around the league, and it will be interesting to see where this one goes as a result.

Keep in mind this is merely a rumor, and for all we know Plekanec's was given a maintenance day. 

Update:'s Arpon Basu is reporting that this is a "illness," and furthermore that Pelkanec could miss playing time as a result.

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