Playors on the Montreal Canadiens haven't made it easy on general manager Kent Hughes in recent weeks.

A few on Montreal's roster have had a good run since Martin St. Louis took over the bench, and it would be easy for Hughes to change his tune as the trade deadline approaches.

Defenceman Ben Chiarot has two goals and five assists in 10 games and is being used for nearly 24 minutes per game. Forward Artturi Lehkonen has six goals in his last five games.

Both are the players most often mentioned in trade rumours. The trade deadline is March 21.

"With the way we're playing, we're staying positive," said forward Josh Anderson on Friday. "We're playing good hockey and I think we're making it difficult for management to decide whether to trade or not."

Overall, the Habs are 7-5-0 under St. Louis, but have won seven of their last nine games. Those wins could change management's perception of the group it has under its belt.

The Habs play the Seattle Kraken Saturday night as the team returns from its western road trip.

-- This report by The Canadian Press was first published in French on March 11, 2022.