A market for sellers


“I have already warned the players, I have no intention of selling fire. Kent Hughes sent this message quite clearly at a press conference the day after Ben Chiarot left for the Florida Panthers.

Hughes and Jeff Gorton have slightly changed the image of the Canadiens in recent weeks, with Tyler Toffoli trading for the Calgary Flames and Chiarot.

CH bloated the electoral bank by adding a first-round pick (Flames) in 2022, a first-round pick in 2023 (Panthers), a fourth-round pick in 2022 (Guardians via Panthers), and 5 options.and Round (Flame) in 2023. In addition to four picks, Hughes also picked up two nominations in winger Emil Heineman and center Ty Smilanic.

On the date of his first trade for an NHL team’s GM role, Hughes didn’t wait until midnight to act. The former players’ manager traded two key pieces, each time receiving interesting returns.

The deadline for transactions in the NHL begins at 3 pm today. Once again, sports television channels such as TVA Sports, RDS, TSN, and Sportsnet will have several hours of airtime to fill their new influence operations without necessarily defining them.

A few big names have already switched sides. Early Saturday evening, the Flyers captains granted his wish by selling Claude Giroux to the Florida Panthers. Franco-Ontarian was the most talented striker on the market.

Also on Saturday, the Boston Bruins solidified their defensive roster by adding Hampus Lindholm of the Anaheim Ducks. Like Panthers for Chiarot, the Bruins almost donated a kidney to get Lindholm. However, Don Sweeney assured him he would not be a loan-only player by signing an eight-year contract extension and 52 million (6.5 million on average).

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There was also action on the eve of the period. The Maple Leafs imitated the Panthers and Bruins by seeking reinforcements on the blue line. Kyle Dubas sacrificed 2 choicesand Return in 2022, 2 optionsand Return in 2023 and 3 optionsand Against Seattle Kraken captain Mark Giordano in 2024. Kraken also traded Colin Blackwell in this deal.

“Having the chance to play for the Stanley Cup with the Leafs means a lot to me,” said Toronto’s Giordano. The Leafs were among the teams I was targeting. Coming back to my hometown is a huge bonus. The skill level of this team is compared to other very good teams in the NHL. »

To facilitate this transaction, Kraken held 50% of Giordano’s contract (6.75 million) last year.

Without doubt. Teams willing to improve for the playoffs are not afraid to pay high prices. This is clearly a positive context for sellers.

Therefore, Hughes will have to think about this last day for the stock markets. If he gets months for Artturi Lehkonen, he might be tempted. But to get rid of Jeff Petry and his heavy contract, he’ll need to be more convincing.

The diary provides you with a list of players who are likely to go to Habs.

karma Weber

Weber and Letang duel

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According to common rumors, the Arizona Coyotes and Canadiens have tried to negotiate the contract of the captain of the Canadiens, or will still work. Both sides would benefit from it. Kent Hughes would make room on the payroll in hopes of having more freedom over the summer. For his part, Bill Armstrong would increase his chances of reaching his salary base without having to loosen his purse strings. Weber will earn a combined $6 million over the next four seasons. Perfect for a team that will play in a 5,000-seat building and whose income will be modest.

Jeff petry

Sabers vs Canadians

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Kent Hughes promised to trade it, provided the price was right. The weight and length of his contract delayed him more than once. Especially the way he’s been playing for a few months.

More than just the types who relocate during the off-season when GMs have time to get their finances in order.

artturi Lehkonen

Sabers vs Canadians

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Artturi Lehkonen will not leave Montreal unless a general manager offers Ay to Kent Hughes. The services the Finn brought to the Habs were a goldmine in Hughes’ eyes. He is a very important player who can adapt to any line mate. His defensive work is impeccable. Even though the puck is not always behind the net, he has an offensive touch.

Paul byron


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He provided excellent service upon his arrival by waiver in October 2015. But the last four seasons have been rife with injuries, one of which required knee surgery. The world of sports is brutal, and Ontarian can be sacrificed when Habs takes on Rem Pitlick on a much cheaper contract than Byron, eight years his junior.

Chris wide man

Sabers vs Canadians

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The kind of defender always wanted at trade time. Teams aiming for a long run want to have all possible ammunition and enough depth to cover injuries. Canada’s most used fullback with a one man advantage could prove to be an interesting safety valve.

Matthew perreault

Coyotes vs Canadians

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It looks like we don’t have any plans for him in Montreal anymore. A few days ago, his name was put on the waiver. Ignored by 31 teams, he still remained in the Canadiens environment.

He recently returned to the field after missing 22 games due to low back pain. He is said to be considering surgery.

Cedric package

Golden Knights vs Canadians

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After being dropped for 14 games in a row, he was traded to Laval Rocket 24 hours after being waived on March 13. The striker has been used very little this season. He also missed ten games due to injury.