Feb 7, 2014; Raleigh, NC, USA; Florida Panthers forward Brad Boyes (24) carries the puck against the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena. The Carolina Hurricanes defeated the Florida Panthers 5-1. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports

NHL Trade Rumors: Montreal Canadiens & Florida Panthers Discussing Deal?

The Montreal Canadiens are tied for third place in the NHL’s Atlantic Division with their arch-rivals, the Toronto Maple Leafs. Obviously, the goal for them is to break that tie and climb higher in the standings.

To that end, according to The Fourth Period, it looks like the Habs are talking trade, specifically with the Florida Panthers. The Panthers players that the Canadiens are reportedly interested in are forward Brad Boyes and defenseman Dmitry Kulikov.

Both Panthers players have been bandied about in trade talk for most of the season. Kulikov doesn’t seem to fit into the Panther’s long term plans and will be a restricted free agent at the end of the season. Boyes has exceeded expectations and has done exceptionally well in the shootout. He will be an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season.

If the Canadiens were to trade for both of them in the same deal, then it would obviously cost them a pretty penny. With the Panthers in a mini-rebuild, they could be looking for more young pieces or they could be looking for veterans to help guide the youngsters along.

Kulikov would obviously be a good pickup for Montreal, but it’s Boyes inclusion in the rumor that is intriguing. With his prowess in the shootout, Boyes could help the Canadiens pick up valuable points in the lead-up to the playoffs. He also is not to shabby during regulation time, so it’s not like he would become useless when the playoffs start.

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