Montreal Canadiens look ready to bolster their blue line

The Hockey Night in Canada panel discuss how the clock is ticking on the Toronto Maple Leafs and William Nylander, the Montreal Canadiens looking to add experience and possible coaching moves.

The Montreal Canadiens are looking for some blue-line help.

As Sportsnet’s Nick Kypreos reports, the Canadiens might be in the market for a veteran defenceman to pair up with top blue-liner Shea Weber, who is expected to return to the lineup from injury Tuesday.

“We do know that Shea Weber’s coming back Tuesday to play. What we don’t know is who he’s really going to play with as a D partner,” Kypreos said during the Headlines segment of Hockey Night in Canada Saturday. “Unfortunately for Claude Julien, not many choices. There’s a lot of inexperienced players on his blue line — some of them hurt now.”

If the Canadiens want to remain in the playoff hunt like they are right now, they may come knocking on the doors of teams like the Los Angeles Kings or St. Louis Blues for back-line help, according to Kypreos.

“The feeling is, if the Montreal Canadiens remain in the picture, [they’re] gonna have to shop for an experienced defenceman,” he said. “So keep an eye on Montreal possibly looking at targeting maybe the St. Louis Blues or L.A. Kings. They’ve got experienced D and, depending on if they continue to falter, I’m sure that becomes that much more attractive.

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