Trade market: we have a major clue about the Habs intentions regarding Josh Anderson

Published February 24, 2022 at 4:35 PM

With the trade deadline fast approaching in the NHL, the next few weeks will be quite eventful, as the various general managers of the league will do everything to improve their teams for the playoffs, or to try to trade some veterans who will be free agents at the end of the season.

We already know that, regarding the Canadiens, Kent Hughes will be a seller by March 21 and he has already shown his colors with the trade that sent Tyler Toffoli to the Calgary Flames.

Ben Chiarot is also expected to be traded, as is Artturi Lehkonen. But there is a Habs player, whose name is currently circulating through the NHL and who is of interest to several teams, namely Josh Anderson.

There are some general managers who would like to add a player of his caliber for the playoffs and some experts say he is the player most in demand for the Habs.

But does Kent Hughes really intend to trade him?

If we rely on the words of journalist Brian Wilde, it is unlikely.

Wilde mentions that when Jeff Gorton was GM of Rangers, he announced the team's rebuild via a letter to fans, but made sure to retain the services of power forward Chris Kreider by making him sign a new contract.

The move is now paying off for Rangers as Kreider is on course to have his best season by far, having reached the 30-goal mark for the very first time in his career. He has 33 in 50 games.

One could consider that Josh Anderson is in a way the Chris Kreider of the Canadians, and he is currently playing his best hockey since his arrival in Montreal.

Power forwards like Kreider and Anderson are rare and when a team is lucky enough to have one, they will do anything to try to keep it. With this in mind, it is therefore unlikely that Kent Hughes will trade his power forward, moreover that he currently forms a hell of a line with Cole Caufield and Nick Suzuki
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