Could the Canadiens be interested in Jake Virtanen?

After Vancouver Canucks forward Jake Virtanen was scratched two games in a row, speculation is beginning to build around him. In fact, with Vancouver being in need of defensive help, the Canucks might be willing to move on from Virtanen and his $2.55 million average annual value.

The Province’s Patrick Johnston writes that one possibility might be trading Virtanen to Montreal in exchange for defenseman Victor Mete. Johnston notes that Montreal was interested in Virtanen when the two clubs discussed a deal at the 2019 draft for the now-24-year-old forward. Virtanen, who finished with 18 goals last season, so far has struggled with just one goal in nine games this season, which of course, begs the question of whether he still has any trade value.

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