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Report: The asking price for Ryan O’Reilly is higher than what Marc Bergevin is willing to pay

The centreman would give the Habs a quality option down the middle for foreseeable future, but not if it meant sacrificing a handful of their prime assets.

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The Montreal Canadiens have been reported to have interest in adding Ryan O’Reilly, but with the Buffalo Sabres wanting a sizable return to make the trade worthwhile, no team, including the Habs, has been willing to meet the demands.

Beginning his career with the Colorado Avalanche, O’Reilly has spend the last three seasons with the Sabres, contributing at least 20 goals and 35 assists in each.

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The Canadiens may be hoping his addition could solve a long-standing issue for the team at the centre position, but with them focusing their attention on building up a prospect pool at the same time, parting with some of their top young players and high draft picks doesn’t make a great deal of sense.