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Monday, January 27, 2014

Report: Canadiens Apparently Reject Bourque for Parenteau Deal

According to Louis Jean of TVA Sports, Habs GM Marc Bergevin has turned down a trade that would have sent Avalanche forward Pierre-Alexandre Parenteau to the Canadiens in exchange for forward Rene
Bourque.

Parenteau, 30, is slated to receive $4M/year for the next three seasons while Bourque, 32, is under contract through the 2015-16 season at an affordable cap hit of $3.33M.

Parenteau has 9 goals and 17 assists for 26 points in 41 games this season whereas Bourque has a mere 7 goals and a single helper for 8 points in 39 games with Montreal. 

At the moment it is still unclear if other elements were involved in the deal, but it is also reported that the Canadiens would retain part of Bourque's salary and would send a low draft pick in the trade. 

While Avalanche beat write Adrian Dater indicated that this rumor is untrue, NHL insiders Renaud Lavoie and Bob MacKenzie confirmed that Parenteau is on the trade market right now. 

To add fuel to the fire, PAP is a healthy scratch tonight for the Avalanche.

While reports are contradictory, it is highly doubtful Marc Bergevin would reject a one for one trade that would allow him to get rid of the unproductive Bourque for a top-six forward that would definitely help the Habs' sputtering offense. 

Stay tuned as there might be more developments on that rumor du jour in the upcoming hours or days.

Follow me on Twitter @FredPoulin98 to get more updates and news on the Habs.

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