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If the Canadiens do set Galchenyuk free and allow him to play center next season, they will need another left winger—unless they want to use Rene Bourque as their second-line left winger, that is.
Bourque had his moments in the playoffs, but let's be realistic here: He's nowhere near a top-six forward.
In fact, Bergevin should probably look to sell high on him this summer so as not to force the team to suffer through yet another uninspired regular season from Bouque. But given his average annual salary of $3.3 million and general lack of production, that seems unlikely.
If Bourque is back, he should be nothing more than a bottom-six winger, competing for third-line duties with Brandon Prust.
To ensure Bourque won't be needed on the second line, Bergevin needs to grab a better left winger.
The unrestricted free-agent market has names like Jussi Jokinen, Matt Moulson, Mike Cammalleri, Mason Raymond and Milan Michalek, among others.
Despite a down season in 2013-14, Moulson is the name that stands out among the bunch. He's a three-time 30-goal scorer who would look great in the red, white and blue.
Kenny MacMillan of A Winning Habit has an interesting idea that would make sense for the Canadiens: Trade Vanek for Moulson right now. Both are unrestricted free agents to be, but doing so would give the Habs and Wild the first crack at getting each player signed.
Granted, if they did acquire Moulson's rights, it would still be likely that he listens to other teams come July 1st. However, getting the chance to talk to him first could convince him to at least consider the Habs once free agency begins.
There are a lot of options on left wing and it's impossible to predict how this will play out. One thing is for sure, though: Bourque is not a top-six left winger.
If Galchenyuk moves to center, the Canadiens will need an upgrade.