Trade finalized between the Montreal Canadiens and the Detroit Red Wings: bad news for the young defenseman Justin Barron
BY ELIAS AUGUST 17, 2023 (7:24 PM)
Yes, Jeff Petry left, but that was expected.
However, what complicates matters for Barron is the surprising acquisition of another right-handed defenseman in this trade.
Gustav Lindstrom, a 24-year-old Swede, is a right-handed defenseman with already 124 NHL games under his belt and is reliable.
From what's being said now, he's very likely to secure a spot with the team, having not played in the AHL since the 2020-2021 season.
With Lindstrom, David Savard, and Johnathan Kovacevic on the right side of the defense, it's indeed bad news for young Justin Barron.
Barron a victim of his contractual situation
What continues to harm Barron is that he isn't eligible for the NHL waivers. So, he can just go straight to the AHL, with the Laval Rocket, without any issues.
However, in the case of Lindstrom, he is eligible for NHL waivers, just like Kovacevic and Chris Wideman. This could be a game-changer.
Understandably, Kent Hughes hates losing "assets" for nothing.
Barron will really need to have an extraordinary camp to start the season with the Montreal Canadiens in a few weeks.
He will have to force his bosses to put another player on waivers to keep him in Montreal.
It's really unfortunate, but following the transaction announced earlier this week, Barron's chances of making it to the main team are much slimmer.
Barron, 21, had a very promising streak with the CH last season. (15 points in 32 games) What would you do with him?
WHAT WOULD YOU DO WITH JUSTIN BARRON?
AUGUST 17 564 ANSWERS
|SEND BARRON TO LAVAL||250||44.3 %|
|KEEP BARRON AND KOVACEVIC PLACED ON WAIVERS||93||16.5 %|
|KEEP BARRON AND LINDSTROM PLACED ON WAIVERS||130||23 %|
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