Eleven Habs players could be traded by Kent Hughes within two weeks

Published March 8, 2022 at 11:19

Over the past few hours, the excellent journalist Jean-François Chaumont, who closely follow the activities of the Montreal Canadiens, has just published a very interesting article, two weeks away from the NHL trade deadline.

Even with the impressive recent revival of Martin St-Louis' team, the Habs will miss the playoffs and will be "sellers" at the trade deadline.

Kent Hughes and Jeff Gorton will therefore have big decisions to make and will have to trade veterans. Questioned precisely on the subject after the trade of Toffoli, Kent Hughes had answered this:

«We have not determined how many players will leave. If we receive five offers that we cannot refuse, we will make five trades."

Here is the list of Canadians players, who are likely to change address by March 21 (drawn up by JF Chaumont):

MOST COVETED: Ben Chiarot (30 years old)

«The Habs would be looking for a very good prospect and a good pick." -JF Chaumont

IF THE PRICE IS RIGHT: Artturi Lehkonen (26)

«According to various rumors, the Habs could receive a first-round pick for his services." -JF Chaumont

IF THE PRICE IS RIGHT: Jeff Petry (34)

«The Habs will not part ways with Petry without receiving an interesting return. But his heavy contract may complicate the negotiations." -JF Chaumont

FOR DEPTH: Brett Kulak (28), Chris Wideman (32) and Mathieu Perreault (34)

THE SCORER (BUT WITH FLAWS): Mike Hoffman (32)

THE ENIGMATIC: Joel Armia (28)

IF WE WANT TO CHANGE THE IMAGE: Brendan Gallagher (29)

TALENT, BUT INJURIES: Christian Dvorak (26)

«Bergevin gave a 1st-round pick (with top-ten protection) and a 2nd-round pick in 2024 to the Coyotes to get him out of the desert. Hughes and Gorton would never be able to secure a similar offer." -JF Chaumont

TALENT, BUT INJURIES: Jonathan Drouin (26)

Which players (and how many), among those mentioned above, will be traded by March 21, in your opinion?

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