Canadiens involved in a major three-team trade with the Leafs for two goaltenders?
BY DAVID ST-JEAN JULY 22, 2023 (11:24)
- The Toronto Maple Leafs are very interested in acquiring Carter Hart. They are actively seeking to acquire a goaltender.
- The Leafs are extremely tight against the NHL salary cap (currently exceeding it by nearly 9 million) and need to sign Ilya Samsonov.
- The Leafs are seriously trying to trade the heavy contract of goaltender Matt Murray, and they will have to pay a high price to do so.
- The Montreal Canadiens will have approximately 7 million dollars available in their salary cap, and Kent Hughes is open to using that space to acquire future assets (as he did with the Sean Monahan trade). The Canadiens are one of the few teams in the NHL with this luxury.
- Matt Murray is earning 6.25 million dollars for just one year.
With all this in mind, and considering that the Maple Leafs are seriously exploring the possibility of a three-team trade to send Matt Murray's salary to another team in order to make room to acquire young goaltender Carter Hart, here is our proposal:
Then, the Maple Leafs can proceed to complete their trade with the Philadelphia Flyers for goaltender Carter Hart or with another club for a different goaltender.
Would you do it?
Murray, 29 years old, is a 6-foot-5, 203-pound goaltender. He had a save percentage of .903 and a goals-against average of 3.01 with the Maple Leafs last season (with a record of 14-8-2).