Montreal Canadiens Trade Rumours

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The Montreal Canadiens are on pace for the worst season in franchise history. The 2021-22 Montreal Canadiens are 7-25-5 and they are eighth in the Atlantic Division and are sitting 32nd place in the National Hockey League.

It’s no surprise that the Montreal Canadiens have been linked in many trade talks although their transaction status has yet to be determined. Early today the big club hired Kent Hughes as the 18th general manager in franchise history, he has been under Jeff Gorton’s radar for a while now. The former agent has lots of decisions to make before the March 21st trade deadline arrives, which is two months away. If they choose the rebuilding route, here are three players who can see themselves out before or on March 21st.

Ben Chiarot

Ben Chiarot, pending UFA for the Montreal Canadiens, has one year left on his 3.5 million dollar deal. Like last year’s trade deadline, we have seen teams give up heavy assets to acquire a good rental defenseman for the postseason. David Savard, current hab is an example. The Quebec-born defenceman allowed his former team Columbus Blue Jackets to receive a haul from the Tampa Bay Lightning, a first-round pick, and a third-round pick. Are these rentals worth it? Ask the Tampa bay lightning, back-to-back Stanley Cup champs. Ben Chiarot has been linked to the Blues, Panthers, Rangers and I have heard some chatter from the Toronto Maple Leafs. It’s no doubt a team will overpay for a rental like him and Montreal will definitely benefit from this.

PREDICTION: Toronto for a 1st round pick and 3rd round pick.

Artturi Lehkonen

Artturi Lehkonen, pending free agent for the Montreal Canadiens, has one year left on his 2.3 million dollar cap hit. He will not put up a point every night, but he will definitely help on the penalty kill and would definitely be a good help to any team looking to bolster their top nine. Over the last few days, I have heard chatter about a potential swap between Vitali Kravtsov and Arthur Lehkonen. Kravtsov, currently playing for Traktor Chelyabinsk of the KHL has a bit of cold blood between the management of NY and him. Jeff Gorton, Vice President of Hockey Operations for the Montreal Canadiens drafted Vitali ninth overall in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft. This trade can potentially benefit both parties. Can we see a reunion?

Prediction: Lekkonen for Vitali Kravstov and a 2nd round draft pick (2022)

Carey Price

Carey Price, the goaltender from the Montreal Canadiens has four years left on his 10.5 million dollar deal that he signed in 2017, may still have a bit of gas left in the tank. Unfortunately, the big question is IF. Carey price news broke yesterday that he has restarted his rehab on his knee that had been injured for several months now. Could a playoff contender trade for him and keep him on LTIR until the playoffs? It is definitely possible that he can be back in play come playoff time, but again there are lots of questions to be answered. Two teams that I really look at are the Colorado Avalanche and Edmonton Oilers when it comes to Carey Price. It’s no surprise that the Oilers have been struggling in the net, and Carey Price can definitely fix that especially when it is playoff hockey. Once the Oilers fix their issue in the net, we can call them a contender. When it comes to Colorado, it has been a struggle to go all the way. They don’t seem to have issues in the first round but it is more in the long run. They have a great forward core and defensive core and what I believe is stopping them from going all the way is goaltending. Let’s be honest, with the superb record the Avalanche has, Darcy Kuemper‘s numbers aren’t where they should be. Having a Price-Kuemper tandem can definitely make the Avalanche a powerhouse.

Prediction: Price out for rest of season.

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