Important development: Christian Dvorak on the verge of being traded by the Canadiens

Published July 22, 2022 at 12:31

Since his arrival at the Montreal Canadiens, general manager Kent Hughes has clearly proven that he is not afraid to make big trades and shake things up.

In a few months, half of the team has been traded. (notably, Shea Weber, Artturi Lehkonen, Jeff Petry, Tyler Toffoli, Brett Kulak, Ben Chiarot, Alexander Romanov and company)

Despite all of this and despite the fact that his number one goal was to give himself some space under the NHL salary cap, Kent Hughes still needs to make a move if he wants to sign his new young center Kirby Dach.

As Marco Normandin reports, since the start of the offseason, GM Kent Hughes has managed to trim his team's payroll, but at the time of writing, the Habs only have $248,000 available under the salary cap.

Clearly, another trade is coming and according to Jimmy Murphy's (Montreal Hockey Now) information, the one that will be traded by the start of the 2022-23 season is most likely center Christian Dvorak.

An NHL source goes even further:

"His name has been floating around since before the last trade deadline but I'm hearing it more and more now. I don't see how Christian Dvorak will start next season with the Habs. There is a lot of smoke right now and with such a reasonable contract, many teams, especially the top contenders, are interested. Even after his poor start last year, teams were interested. Now that he has had a good end to the season, the interest has only increased. I can say that I know of at least three teams that have discussed Dvorak with Kent Hughes more than once and I am sure there are more. I don't think Hughes necessarily wants to trade him but he needs to make room on his payroll."

- NHL Source

So he would really be on his way out and three NHL organizations are reportedly very interested in acquiring him.

Remember that Christian Dvorak was acquired less than a year ago, from the Arizona Coyotes, for a first round pick in 2022 + a second round pick in 2024.

Dvorak, 26, had 11 goals and 22 assists for 33 points in 56 games with the CH in 2021-22. He is signed for three more seasons at $4.45 million per year.

Is he the next one to be traded? What would you ask for in return?

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Important development: Christian Dvorak on the verge of being traded by the Canadiens

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