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Dreger: Galchenyuk “Not Being Shopped” By Canadiens

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Darren Dreger was on Montreal’s TSN 690 on Thursday morning.

On if he’s hearing anything on the Alex Galchenyuk trade rumor front:

“Yeah, just rumor. And again, let’s be careful with how this information is dissected. Galchenyuk’s name is out there, but only in the sense of a wonder. Teams wondering if Bergevin would consider something like that. Because he’s still a project. He’s still a developing player. Is he a center? Is he a winger? What is he? I think that’s what Michel Therrien has tried to find out. Has he had enough opportunity in playing center ice for anyone to fully determine that? I think the answer is no.

“So when managers see that, yeah, they’ll call and say, ‘Is he a fit in Montreal or isn’t he.’ Would you consider including him if we did something like this.’

“I think that there have been those basic conversations, but in the people that I talk to – we don’t have him on a trade bait graphic for good reason because he’s not being dangled. He’s not being shopped.

“Because of where the Montreal Canadiens are in the standings, Marc Bergevin has to be willing to consider just about anything. Not a lot different than Peter Chiarelli in Edmonton. There are untouchable players in Montreal, but I don’t think Galchenyuk is one of those. So in that sense, there’d be a willingness to discuss.“

Source: TSN 690/ Transcript: Nichols

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