“(The Canadiens) are going to start to get healthy with (Alex) Galchenyuk coming back,” Sportsnet’s Nick Kypreos said on Hockey Night in Canada’s Headlines segment Saturday. “But there’s a sense that if (Plekanec) doesn’t get re-engaged that he might be available by the trade deadline.”
After recording 60 and 54 points in the ’14-15 and ’15-16 seasons, respectively, Plekanec has managed just three goals and 16 points in 39 games for the Canadiens this season. The 34-year-old’s shooting percentage (4.4) is currently the lowest of his 12-year career.
Plekanec is currently under contract with Montreal through the ’17-18 season with a cap hit of $6 million.
His name has come up in trade rumours before, but the Czech forward has survived them all to become the Canadiens’ longest-serving player after Andrei Markov.
Plekanec was a third-round pick of the team in 2001, and has reached the 20-goal mark seven times in his career.