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The relaunch plan of the Montreal Canadiens' two-headed monster is known!

Published February 7, 2022 at 3:38 PM

Journalist Jimmy Murphy has been covering the Boston Bruins for over 20 years. However, from time to time, he likes to give his opinion on the Montreal Canadiens, a team that has been a rival to the Bruins since the beginning of time.

He talked about the team's current situation, especially the new management's recovery plan under the leadership of Jeff Gorton and Kent Hughes. According to him, even if the Habs did not make a transaction during the All-Star break, the executives were very busy, according to a source.

He even mentioned that the Habs would most likely not go the rebuilding route, but rather the "retooling" route. Gorton and Hughes apparently don't just want picks and youth, they want players who can jump into the lineup now.

"They were busy, I can tell you that. I'm sure you know that already, but they're not just going to make a fire sale. I think what's going to surprise a lot of people is the trades they might make. It's not just trading players for picks and prospects, but players for players and money for money. From what I'm hearing, it would be more of a retool."

Still according to him, if this plan is concrete, the Habs could clearly be interested in the defenseman of the Arizona Coyotes, Jakob Chychrun.

Remember that the "Yotes" want two first-round draft picks and a future first-round pick in return for their star back.

His explanation:

"There's a good chance the Canadiens will trade at least two left-handed defensemen, Ben Chiarot and Brett Kulak, both unrestricted free agents before the NHL trade deadline."

The catch? The Habs only has a first-round pick in 2022, so if the organization is really interested, they'll have to add an additional selection to their bank.

"What if the Canadiens could acquire another first rounder in the next week or two and then try to convince the Coyotes to make a trade for Chychrun?"

That plan becomes interesting. However, if the draft actually happens in Montreal, there's no way the Habs would trade their first round selection. Let's just say that the Habs have a very good chance of drafting first. It would be a crime to make such a trade, considering the context.

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