New information revealed on Alexander Romanov's difficult moment after his trade from Montreal

Published November 17, 2022 at 3:18 PM

When people talked about untouchable players on the Habs last year, the names Nick Suzuki, Cole Caufield and Alexander Romanov kept coming up. So it was a surprise when Romanov was traded to the New York Islanders in a three-team deal involving the Chicago Blackhawks on the night of the first round of the draft last July.

If Habs fans were shocked, imagine the main player. When the trade happened, Romanov was sleeping peacefully at home in Russia and it wasn't until the next morning, when he read the text message sent by his general manager Kent Hughes, that he learned of the deal.

TVA Sports reporter Nicolas Cloutier met with the Islanders' defenseman after Monday's game against the Ottawa Senators and he went over the events of the past few months.

"It's a difficult moment in the career of any player. My reaction wasn't very good since I wasn't expecting it.

But...you just have to keep playing!"

Obviously that to be traded so early in a career can hurt the pride of an athlete, but let's say that Romanov is not at all bitter towards the direction of the Habs. He has even kept in touch with his former teammates, especially his ex-captain Shea Weber, who taught him so much when he arrived in the NHL.

"I'm still in touch with Suzy [Nick Suzuki], Webby and some other guys. Webby was my "hockey dad." He was always willing to help me and give me advice. When the announcement came about his injuries, we talked. It wasn't easy for him."

So far this season, the young defenseman has four assists in 17 games, is averaging about 20 minutes per game and the Islanders are, at the time of writing, second in the Metropolitan Division.

But let's just say that the beginning of the season, the arrival of Kirby Dach, acquired from the Blackhawks by the Habs in this famous transaction, has made us forget about Romanov and it's only in a few years that we'll be able to draw our own conclusions about this trade that took place in July 2022.

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New information revealed on Alexander Romanov's difficult moment after his trade from Montreal

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