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The Montreal Canadiens have all seven defensemen healthy, which has created a bit of a logjam on the back end.
Raphael Diaz, Alexei Emelin, Douglas Murray and Francis Bouillon have all been healthy scratches recently as Michel Therrien searches for the combinations that work best. And with prospects Nathan Beaulieu, Jarred Tinordi and Greg Pateryn all playing well for Hamilton, it looks like a trade could be coming.
Diaz, Murray and Bouillon could all be on the trading block, as each is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent at season's end.
But as Bleacher Report's Ryan Szporer points out, Diaz is most likely to go, as his trade value is the highest.
At 28, he is the youngest of the bunch, and he's considered a puck-moving defenseman. He could provide solid blue-line depth for a team looking to shore up its back end before the playoffs.
Diaz is currently having a hard time fitting in on the Canadiens. They already have two elite puck-moving defensemen in Andrei Markov and P.K. Subban and another waiting in the wings (Beaulieu). He should be easily replaced in Montreal.
Expect to see Diaz traded before the league's March 5 deadline.