The Montreal Canadiens added forward Eric Staal through trade at the end of last week and it sparked a couple of other rumours. 

NHL insider Elliotte Friedman reported a couple of days later that the Canadiens were close to completing a second deal on the same day. 

According to Friedman the Canadiens were close to shipping forward Artturi Lehkonen out of town but because the team was still shut down because of COVID the deal wasn't able to be completed. 

It's not surprising as the team is looking to clear some cap space so they're able to make another move before the deadline. 

The 25 year old has likely heard the chatter and came out on fire last night against Edmonton and registered a goal and an assist.

He was asked about all the trade chatter surrounding his name. 

“It’s part of the business,” Lehkonen said Wednesday. “I’m trying not to read anything. You can’t get into that stuff, otherwise it’s going to be in your head.”

With only 6 points in 23 games this season he adds that it's been tough being a healthy scratch at times. 

“You always want to play, be in the lineup and play as much as you can,” he said. “I’ve spent a lot of time watching the game outside. That’s not the easiest for the confidence. But if you get a goal or assist, it helps that way.”