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Report: Montreal Canadiens are pursuing Sebastian Aho

The Habs are interested in acquiring the services of Aho — either via trade or potentially an offer sheet.

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Earlier this morning, Pierre LeBrun reported that several teams had contacted the Carolina Hurricanes about the availability of Sebastian Aho. These talks reportedly varied from the possibility of a trade, to the possibility of sending him an offer sheet. Apparently the Montreal Canadiens were among these teams.

Carolina has reportedly said they’d match any offer sheet, but the fact that they are also entertaining trade offers suggests they’d be willing to part ways with him. Offer sheets are rare, but the Canadiens have cap space, and Carolina is a budget team, so they could prepare the type of offer that would be hard for the Hurricanes to match. That is, of course, if Marc Bergevin is willing to pay the cost in draft picks (likely four first-round selections) should any offer sheet be successful.

The interest in Aho was first reported this morning, but does not seem to have died down.

At this point, it is purely speculation, but it seems that the Canadiens are in heavy pursuit. Nothing guaranteed, but certainly a developing story worth following as the day goes on.