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Big demotion for Josh Anderson? Journalist just brought it out


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Elias Adaime
July 6, 2024  (4:47 PM)
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Among the disappointments for the Montreal Canadiens in 2023-2024, Josh Anderson is at the top of the list.

After seasons of 17, 19, and 21 goals in his first three years in Montreal, the big winger only scored nine goals last year, and many experts are questioning his true role within the team.
What might frustrate some fans is that Anderson will earn an annual salary of $5.5 million until 2026-2027, which doesn't justify his low production from last season.
That said, as reported by the Marqueur site, a veteran of the Montreal journalism scene might have a solution to revive number 17.

Josh Anderson with the Laval Rocket?

In an article published in the newspaper The Gazette, Stu Cowan suggests that Kent Hughes might send Josh Anderson to the Laval Rocket next season if he continues to struggle offensively.
"Martin St-Louis gave Josh Anderson every chance to regain his form last season, but the 30-year-old forward sometimes seemed lost. Asked about Anderson's struggles last season, St-Louis said: 'If you give up on yourself, I will give up on you.'

Martin St-Louis didn't think Anderson had given up, but at some point, the head coach will have to give up on Josh Anderson next season if he continues to struggle and if other forwards perform better than him. We saw the positive impact that sending Joel Armia to the Laval Rocket (AHL) had last season. It wouldn't be surprising to see management do the same with Anderson in 2024-2025." - Stu Cowan

This is a solution that could prove interesting, especially since it worked with Joel Armia last year.
The Finnish forward was sent to Laval before the start of the 2023-2024 season, and after his recall, he had a good season in terms of goals, with 17 in 66 games.
This might be what awaits Josh Anderson if he has a slow start to the season. However, if the Canadiens' management decides to send him to Laval, he will have to go through waivers.
Credit: Marqueur.com
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Big demotion for Josh Anderson? Journalist just brought it out

Where do you see Josh Anderson in one year?

Buyout11914.3 %
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With the Laval Rocket495.9 %
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