Montreal Canadiens' 5 Biggest Needs Ahead of the Trade Deadline

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Montreal Canadiens' 5 Biggest Needs Ahead of the Trade Deadline
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The Canadiens need to trade Brian Gionta

The Montreal Canadiens and their management team have a lot of decisions to make ahead of the March 5 NHL trade deadline. 

The team is sitting in third place in the Atlantic Division, eight points ahead of the ninth-place teams in the Eastern Conference. All they need to do is play relatively well down the stretch to make the playoffs. The current roster has the tools to finish as the sixth, seventh or eighth seed. 

But if the team really wants to take a step forward and make a playoff push, management needs to make a few moves. The Montreal Canadiens, as they are right now, aren't good enough to get anywhere near the Stanley Cup. 

In all likelihood, general manager Marc Bergevin won't do much over the next week. He has preached patience during his tenure and refuses to blow up the young foundation to win now.

The pieces are in place for the future, but they're not quite ready to win yet. And until they are, Bergevin seems content with just making the playoffs. 

But that doesn't mean we can't discuss what the Habs should do before March 5. Here are the Montreal Canadiens' five biggest needs ahead of the trade deadline. 

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