Disappointing statement by journalist Renaud Lavoie regarding the trade market

Published February 19, 2023 at 9:15

We are now two weeks away from the NHL trade deadline and this time of year is always very exciting for hockey fans.

Some teams have already been active, such as the New York Islanders with the addition of Bo Horvat, but it is especially the arrival of Vladimir Tarasenko with the New York Rangers that has caused the most buzz in recent weeks.

Not to mention last night's major trade involving the Toronto Maple Leafs.

However, for a reputable journalist, the completed transaction between the Rangers and the St. Louis Blues could mean that this year's trade market would be less spectacular than last year, especially for Kent Hughes.

During an intermission of Wednesday's game between the Maple Leafs and Blackhawks on TVA Sports, Renaud Lavoie mentioned that the low return for Tarasenko could lower prices across the league and put sellers at a disadvantage.

"All the executives I spoke to told me the same thing: it's very little."

That said, if the Blues didn't get a big return for the Russian forward's services, don't expect the Habs to be able to get much in return for Jonathan Drouin, for example. And on that point, Lavoie is in complete agreement.

"The Canadiens don't expect a very big return if we're able to trade him. Even if the CH holds back half his salary, that's $2.5 million the other team will have to take in return. That's still a lot of money when there aren't many teams with space under the salary cap right now."

Although the Quebec forward has been having his best moments in Montreal for a long time, it's true that this year's market might not be anything like last year's, when Kent Hughes performed small wonders.

If Drouin's value may seem disappointing under the circumstances, Sean Monahan's value may be a bit higher, but according to Lavoie, he will still have to play a few games before March 3.

Disappointing, but realistic, words from the TVA Sports journalist.

To listen to Renaud Lavoie's comments, click the link below.

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