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Plekanec will not play against Lightning Saturday

Montreal Canadiens' Tomas Plekanec (14) celebrates with teammates, Saturday, Feb. 7, 2015.
Montreal Canadiens' Tomas Plekanec (14) celebrates with teammates, Saturday, Feb. 7, 2015. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes

Veteran Habs player Tomas Plekanec will not wear his uniform for Saturday’s game against the Tampa Bay Lightning.

The team confirmed the news via Twitter announcing that Plekanec and winger Logan Shaw will be healthy scratches.

Because Plekanec is not injured, the decision fuels the rumours that the 35-year-old centre could be traded before Monday, the NHL’s trade deadline.

The players didn’t train Saturday morning and did not meet with the media. Canadiens coach Claude Julien will hold a press conference Saturday afternoon at the Bell Centre.

Plekanec has played with the Canadiens for his entire 14-season NHL career. He was drafted in 2001 as a third-round pick, 71st overall.

With files from Michel Lamarche of La Presse Canadienne

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