NHL Trade Speculation: 4 Possible Homes for the Montreal Canadiens' P.K. Subban
The Montreal Canadiens are currently eight points back of the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference, but sit in the 12th position.
In a similar position to last year's Devils, the Canadiens would appear to be sellers at the February 27th trade deadline. However, with only eight points to make up, it remains unclear how the Canadiens will act.
They can trade Subban for a front-line center that they have coveted for so long, or they could trade him away to a contender if they perceive they are out of the race and need to regroup.
Subban, 22, has 22 points and 70 penalty minutes so far this season for the Habs.
With a slew of teams in the market for a defenseman, here are four of them that may look to pick up Subban's services.
4. Anaheim Ducks
The Ducks have had a disappointing season so far this season and appear as though they may be sellers at the deadline.
As the Canadiens need a top center, the Ducks have Ryan Getzlaf, their captain, who may fit the Habs' needs.
They could use some help in the defensive zone and Subban's physical style and youth could anchor the Ducks defense long-term.
Other pieces would be needed for this trade to happen, but it makes sense for both teams.
3. Philadelphia Flyers
It's no secret that the Flyers are in the market for a defenseman. They have been linked to all of the bigger names on the market, but nothing has materialized to this point.
The Flyers could look to a guy like Subban, who plays tough and physical hockey that fits their style.
They could offer a guy like the young James van Riemsdyk for Subban as the Canadiens could use a young forward.
2. Chicago Blackhawks
Chicago's defense has been the biggest part of the Blackhawks' recent struggles.
While they may not have normally been looking to add talent to their roster, the Blackhawks clearly need to do something if they want to retain their playoff lives and avoid a complete meltdown.
P.K. Subban could provide a spark in the defensive end and maybe a deal could be worked out around 21-year-old center Marcus Kruger.
1. Columbus Blue Jackets
Since news broke recently that Columbus Blue Jackets' star forward Rick Nash is available for trade, multiple reports have surfaced about his possible destination. However, there is little evidence to indicate any of the reports are more than mere speculation.
Regardless of reports, Montreal could be a good fit for Nash. An even better fit could be P.K. Subban in Columbus.
For a team looking to stay younger and improve for the future, the Blue Jackets could benefit greatly from a young, rugged defenseman like Subban. It would take a few other pieces (mostly from Montreal) to make this work, but it is nowhere near as crazy as it may seem.