Frank Seravalli may have just revealed the next trade for Kent Hughes

Published February 27, 2023 at 12:27

As general manager Kent Hughes continues to work hard to complete trades by Friday, insider Frank Seravalli just confirmed an interesting piece of information.

The Montreal Canadiens have effectively announced to the other NHL teams, obviously particularly the "selling" teams, that they are absolutely willing to act as the third team involved in a trade (to retain salary).

The objective remains the same: to fill the bank of picks and prospects.

The other teams that would have done the same are: the Vancouver Canucks, the Anaheim Ducks, the Arizona Coyotes and the Chicago Blackhawks.

So definitely expect one of the following teams to be involved in the monster trade between the New York Rangers and Chicago Blackhawks for Patrick Kane:

Vancouver, Anaheim, Arizona or Montreal.

That's promising.

One thing is for sure, don't be surprised if the Habs' next trade is a three-team trade, in which Kent Hughes gets a draft pick or a prospect, without giving anything in return (other than withholding salary).


To New York:
Patrick Kane (25% salary)

To Chicago:
Choices and prospects
50% of Kane's salary

A Rangers pick or prospect
25% of Kane's salary

We're using the Kane trade as an example here, because it's obviously the big deal in the NHL and because we know it will happen, but the thing to remember here is this.

It's very likely that the next Kent Hughes trade will be this type of trade (a three team deal).

At least, Frank Seravalli confirmed that's what the Habs are actively trying to do right now.

"The Montreal Canadiens would be in the running to act as a middleman, acquiring a portion of a player's salary, such as Patrick Kane, for example, in return for a draft pick or a young prospect.

Recall that the Wild have performed this role on two recent occasions, in the trade sending Ryan O'Reilly to Toronto and Vladimir Tarasenko to New York."


February 27   |   23 answers
Frank Seravalli may have just revealed the next trade for Kent Hughes

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