4 new trades A-La Sean Monahan emerge for Hughes and the Canadiens

Elias Adaime
July 10, 2024  (5:20 PM)

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Knowing that Kent Hughes has been quiet on the trade market this summer and still has plenty of salary cap space, a new option is circulating.

That of a new Sean Monahan-style trade, a deal in which Kent Hughes receives a player (plus a prospect or a draft pick) in exchange for future considerations.
In this sense, four targets have already been mentioned.

Jean-Gabriel Pageau, Evan Rodrigues, Ross Colton, or Brayden McNabb acquired by the Montreal Canadiens?

These are good players too!
The St. Louis Blues did it with Radek Faksa and Mathieu Joseph, and Kent Hughes could certainly follow their example.
"Kent Hughes is one of the few NHL general managers with the necessary cap space.

As reported by Jacob Stoller of The Hockey News, players like Jean-Gabriel Pageau, Ross Colton, Brayden McNabb, and Evan Rodrigues could be available for a salary cap-related trade." - RDT

These are players who could help the Canadiens and might cost almost nothing to acquire via trade.
Pageau can be an excellent third-line player, replacing Christian Dvorak.
Colton is the kind of player who is always valuable at the trade deadline, especially if he has a good start to the season.
Evan Rodrigues is a top 6 forward for the Stanley Cup champion team. He played on lines with Aleksander Barkov and Sam Bennett.
Are these interesting options for Kent Hughes, in your opinion?
Ross Colton, 27, scored 40 points in 80 games last season and earns $4 million a year until 2027. He was traded last summer for a 37th overall pick, so practically for a first-round pick.
Jean-Gabriel Pageau, 31, scored 33 points in 82 games last season and earns $5 million a year until 2026. (40 points in 70 games in 2023) He is also a very reliable defensive player.
Evan Rodrigues, 30, scored 39 points in 69 games in 2023, and 39 points in 80 games last season with the Florida Panthers. He added 15 points in 24 playoff games in 2024 and earns $3 million a year until 2027.
I really think these are interesting options for Kent Hughes.
Imagine, for example, acquiring Evan Rodrigues and a second-round pick for future considerations.
It would be an extremely affordable way to acquire a top 6 forward, to temporarily play with Kirby Dach.
There is definitely some action on the trade market and in terms of speculation.
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4 new trades A-La Sean Monahan emerge for Hughes and the Canadiens

Would you trade future considerations for Evan Rodrigues and a second-round pick?

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