Canadiens and Thrashers Talking Trade

Fred PoulinCorrespondent IFebruary 4, 2009

The Atlanta Thrashers are actively shopping centre Erik Christensen and veteran defenseman Mathieu Schneider and according to various sources the Montreal Canadiens, among others, have inquired about the above players.

Christensen, 25 years old, is having a subpar season with the Thrashers notching only four goals and 11 assists in 36 games. He was acquired with Colby Armstrong and Angelo Esposito for Marian Hossa at the trade deadline last season.

Christensen, 6'1'', 208-lb, is a shootout specialist with great skating abilities, and soft hands. Earning only $750,000 this season he is a restricted free agent at season's end.

Schneider, 39, is a power play specialist with a great vision and good skating abilities. He is having a rough season with the Thrashers recording only eleven points in 39 games. He had a great season with the Ducks the year before notching 39 points in only 65 games.

His high salary, $5,625 million per a year makes him very available. He will be an unrestricted free agent at season's end.

Atlanta is reportedly seeking a middle round draft pick, and second-tier prospect.

With the long term injury to Robert Lang the Canadiens have the cap space to absorb both players' salary.

Would you do it if you were Bob Gainey?