After trading Tyler Toffoli to the Calgary Flames on Monday, it appears the last-place Montreal Canadiens are open for business. New general manager Kent Hughes hasn't said the team will enter a full-on rebuild, but dealing Toffoli, who quickly became a fan favorite upon his arrival last season and had two additional years remaining on his contract, means very few players should feel safe. A fire sale shouldn't be out of the question.

The Habs are just one season removed from appearing in the Stanley Cup Final. And while the club lacks star power, it possesses several players who could serve as vital supporting cast members on contending teams.

Below, we evaluate all the notable players Montreal may be willing to trade and offer our prediction on the likelihood of a deal getting done before the March 21 deadline.


Ben Chiarot

Age: 30
Position: LD
Cap hit: $3.5M
Expires: 2022

Among players who are surefire locks to be dealt, Chiarot is Montreal's biggest trade piece. Big, physical defensemen who log top-four minutes are always hot commodities at the deadline. Chiarot will be no different, even if his underlying numbers are suspect.

Chance of deadline deal: 5/5


Brett Kulak

Age: 28
Position: LD
Cap hit: $1.85M
Expires: 2022

Contending clubs are typically willing to pay big for defensemen at the deadline, so it would only make sense for the Canadiens to dangle Kulak in talks. He isn't the most exciting player, but he certainly gets the job done. Also, playoff teams can never have too many blue-liners.

Chance of deadline deal: 4/5


Artturi Lehkonen

Age: 26
Position: LW/RW
Cap hit: $2.3M
Expires: 2022 (RFA)

Montreal doesn't need to trade Lehkonen since he's a pending restricted free agent, but the speedy two-way winger is an attractive bottom-six option for contenders. Teams could view him as a Barclay Goodrow-type piece. The 28-year-old helped put the Tampa Bay Lightning over the top in their Stanley Cup runs.

Chance of deadline deal: 4/5


Tyler Pitlick

Age: 30
Position: RW
Cap hit: $1.75M
Expires: 2022

Pitlick hasn't done much of anything this season, and he likely won't garner much attention on the trade market. His cap hit doesn't match his current production, but he's proven in the past that he can be a useful bottom-six forward. Perhaps a team tosses over a late-round pick just for the depth.

Chance of deadline deal: 2/5


Chris Wideman

Age: 32
Position: RD
Cap hit: $750K
Expires: 2022

Wideman doesn't possess the prototypical size and grit that playoff teams seek in depth defensemen. Still, a contender could snatch him up as a seventh or eighth blue-liner as insurance.

Chance of deadline deal: 4/5