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Everything you need to know about 2015 NHL trade deadline & the Montreal Canadiens

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Who's available? What type of players are the Habs looking for? What's the cap-space situation? When does the trade deadline end? We have you covered in this all-inclusive NHL trade deadline thread.

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The NHL trade deadline is upon us, which means that general managers only have until 3 PM EST today to get a deal done. Interestingly, the majority of the expected trades have already taken place, likely due to the low amount of teams willing to part with quality players. The seller's market has led to some exorbitant prices, even when the usual deadline inflation is taken into account.

Most general managers are looking to upgrade their team, and Marc Bergevin is no exception. He's indicated that he's more interested in a player with term, rather than a rental. Pierre LeBrun suggested that the Habs are interested in both a forward and a defenceman, although that was established prior to the Devante Smith-Pelly trade.

In recent weeks Habs scouts have been spotted at a plethora of games, including some repeat appearances in ChicagoLos Angeles, and Toronto. What does that mean? Well, not much. Basically it means that the scouts and the management team are doing their job, working on due diligence ahead of today's deadline.

The Montreal Canadiens currently have $1.375M in cap space, and $3.341M in *bonus cushion. The bonus cushion is the total amount of the current season's bonuses (a team can go over the cap limit by this amount up to a maximum of 7.5% of the Cap limit)

Here are the draft picks that Habs own going into the deadline.

draft picks

Even if we've seen a ton of trade activity in recent days, there are still a fair amount of players that are rumoured to be trade bait still on the board.

Player Position Team Cap Hit End of Year Status Age G P
Chris Stewart LW
buffalo
$4.15M UFA 27 11 25

Zbynek Michalek

(Traded to STL)

D
coyotes
$4.M UFA 32 2 8

Jeff Petry

(Traded to MTL)

D
oilers logo
$4.5M UFA 27 4 15
Jan Hejda D
avalanche logo
$3.25M UFA 36 1 9
Matt Beleskey LW
ducks logo
$1.35M UFA 26 21 30
Cam Atkinson LW
blue jacketrs
$1.15M RFA 25 13 25
Scottie Upshall LW
panthers
$3.5M UFA 31 6 13

Marek Zidlicky

(traded to DET)

D
devils
$4.0M UFA 38 4 23
Martin Havlat LW
devils
$1.5M

UFA

33 5 14
Tyler Bozak C
leafs
$4.2M Expires 2017-18 28 17 39
Jonathan Bernier G
leafs
$2.9M RFA 26 2.72 .915

Braydon Coburn

(Traded to TB)

D
flyers
$4.5M Expires 2015-16 30 1 9
Joffrey Lupul LW
leafs
$5.25M Expires 2017-18 31 9 19
James Wisniewski D
blue jacketrs
$5.5M Expires 2016-17 31 7 28
Mark Letestu C
blue jacketrs
$1.3M UFA 30 6 9
Martin Erat RW/LW
coyotes
$4.5M UFA 33 8 28

Those are the big names that could be on the move today, and even if we only see half of them find new teams, it should be a relatively entertaining deadline day.

Here's a live stream of the Sportsnet coverage

A lot of people who read this site won't be able to be around a TV, and for those who won't be able to watch, we've built a twitter list of trade breakers that will update live, right here on EOTP, so you don't have to go anywhere. There are no rumourists in there, just people who post the actual trades.