A 1-3-0 start for the Montreal Canadiens has been less than ideal, but general manager Marc Bergevin does have some cap space with which to play when he’s ready to pull the trigger to bolster his lineup.

The focal point for the criticism of this team during the off-season (and before) was a perceived lack of offense, and with only five goals in those four affairs thus far the worries have slowly become reality.

So can the approximately $8 million in cap space available to the Canadiens be converted into an asset?

“Perhaps. It really depends on a lot of other factors,” cautioned NHL Insider Bob McKenzie during a Wednesday morning radio hit on Montreal’s TSN 690. “The Montreal Canadiens at various times have had interest in Matt Duchene. I haven’t had the sense lately that that’s been a front-burner thing for them or the Colorado Avalanche. But when you look at Duchene’s money, $6 million, you’re thinking, ‘Okay, well there’s an above-average offensive hockey player in the National Hockey League who can probably help Montreal, but what do you have to give up to get him?’

“And I just don’t necessarily see a trade fit. So it’s great to have the cap space, but you’ve got to have a dance partner where it fits more than just on your side of it from a financial perspective. You don’t just get to add a $6 million player who can score goals or generate offense, and not give up something else. And right now I don’t see the Montreal Canadiens having what the Colorado Avalanche are looking for, or being willing to beat that price – like a lot of teams, I guess, which is part of the reason Duchene hasn’t been traded yet.