This article first appeared on the Hockey Writers’ website.
The Montreal Canadiens are hoping to improve their defence in the upcoming season after a disappointing season in which they finished 26th in the NHL standings.
The Canadiens have been linked to a number of players who have played for other teams, including defenceman Nikita Scherbak and forwards Nathan Beaulieu and Andrei Markov, but no deal has been made yet.
The Canadiens, who were last in the league with 12 goals per game in 2017-18, were last among all 30 teams in goals against per game, allowing an average of 2.35.
Scherbak was a big part of the Canadiens’ strong offence last season and was the first player taken in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft.
He played his first full NHL season in 2017, but he struggled with the Canadiens last season, posting a .906 save percentage in 57 games.
He was traded to the Nashville Predators for defenseman Ryan Ellis and a second-round pick in 2018.
Beauliu is one of the biggest pieces the Canadiens have to add this offseason.
He has five goals and 10 assists in 51 games this season.
He has a contract that will pay him $4.25 million in 2018-19.