While the laborious wait continues on the Matt Duchene trade front, we tend to hear the same names of teams circling around the Colorado Avalanche as potential suitors.

As things stood on Tuesday afternoon, it didn’t seem as if the Canadiens were currently involved in these particular sweepstakes though.

“When I deal with Montreal sources, I keep hearing that they’re not in on Matt Duchene,” indicated NHL Insider Darren Dreger during a Tuesday afternoon appearance on Vancouver’s TSN 1040, while also offering a qualification to that note. “But again, I always take that kind of intel coming out of Montreal with a bit of a grain of salt because what was it when P.K. Subban was traded – Marc Bergevin came out publically and said, ‘No, I’m not trading him.’ And days later, P.K. Subban gets dealt to the Nashville Predators.

“Now stuff happens, as they say, and I’m willing to give him the benefit of the doubt in that sense. If they don’t start scoring some goals with some level of consistency, then I don’t know how they can’t express some interest in Matt Duchene.

“Or we talked about the Vegas Golden Knights – what about James Neal? He’s going to be a pending unrestricted free agent. His name, to some degree, is out there. Not that they’re shopping him, but why wouldn’t you want to trade James Neal to try and get something sweet back before the February 26 trade deadline. If he’s a roaring success in Vegas, then sign him back as an unrestricted free agent.

“So maybe that’s another name Montreal checks out.”