Carey Price is arguably one of the best goalies in the entire NHL. He currently plays for the Montreal Canadiens. The Canadiens most likely would never think about trading Price, but it is possible. While Price has been successful during his time playing for the Canadiens, the team has not experienced the same success. If Montreal is able to trade Carey Price and his massive contract, then it might benefit both teams in the trade.
The Canadiens have been a mediocre team with Carey Price as their starting goalie. Montreal has always been good at keeping the puck out of their net thanks to Price’s strong play. Scoring goals has been a weakness of the Canadiens and they need to add more scorers if they want to be successful. To fix this, the Canadiens would have to trade Price for another starting goalie and young, offensively talented forwards.
Carey Price to the Calgary Flames
Montreal receives: David Rittich, Andrew Mangiapane, Sam Bennett, and Oliver Kylington
Calgary receives: Carey Price, Brett Kulak, and Karl Alzner
Why This Trade Makes Sense for the Canadiens
The Canadiens are in desperate need of some offense, and this trade provides just that. Sam Bennett and Andrew Manipane both bring a physical presence to the lineup and would chip in an estimated 15 to 20 goals a season. They would also greatly improve Montreal’s forward depth, making them a force within the Eastern Conference.
Oliver Kylington is a fantastic young defenseman that would slot in nicely into Montreal’s blue line. The 23-year-old defenseman would not provide much offense but he would do wonders to improve Montreal’s goals allowed, as he is progressing to become a shutdown defenseman.
The last person in the trade is Carey Price’s replacement, David Rittich. He is a solid goaltender that would form a very nice tandem with current Montreal backup, Jake Allen. Although David Rittich is a downgrade from Carey Price, the other pieces they gain from the potential trade make up for the loss of Carey Price.
Why This Trade Makes Sense for the Flames
The Flames have been plagued with subpar goaltending over the past few seasons. Carey Price would solve the issue. The super star goalie would instantly become the best goalie the Flames have had in a while. Price would be the answer to the Flames’ biggest issue and would help propel them into playoff success and hopefully a Stanley cup.
The Flames would also acquire Brett Kulak and Karl Alzner. Alzner and Kulak are both defensemen that would be able to slide into the Flames defense core, as the Flames have a lot of free agent defenseman. Alzner struggled in his time in Montreal and a change of scenario will definitely help. Hopefully Alzner can return to the way he played when he was a part of the Washington Capitals.
Brett Kulak, on the other hand, played for the Flames previously in his career. He struggled the first time around but since joining the Canadiens, Kulak has really come into his own. Kulak would look to continue his strong play in his return to the Flames.
As previously stated, this trade is most likely not going to happen and Carey Price probably will stay in Montreal. However, if this trade did happen, both teams would benefit. The Flames would solve their goaltending issues with Carey Price playing between their pipes. Calgary would also add two defenders that could play every night for them and positively contribute to the team.
Although the Flames solved their biggest issue, the Canadiens actually won the trade because they instantly have one of the deepest offensive teams. Not only do they improve their offense, they add a fantastic prospect in Oliver Kylington. Kylington will instantly be one of Montreal’s best defenders and will only get better with experience. David Rittich will also do wonders with Jake Allen to create one of the best goaltending duos in the league.
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