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Trade involving a Canadiens goaltender: Insider Pierre LeBrun finally announces good news to fans hoping for a solid return

Published December 31, 2023 at 5:33 PM

Several NHL teams are looking for goaltenders. Pierre LeBrun even mentioned last week that a few teams had contacted Kent Hughes about this.

Here's what the hockey informant had as information:

"Montreal has received some calls from teams in recent days, he said on TSN. These teams should be back soon, but that doesn't necessarily mean a trade is imminent."

"I think the Hurricanes are among the teams that have had discussions with the CH recently. The Devils have had internal discussions about Allen. Martin Brodeur knows him well as he spent time with him in St. Louis." - Pierre LeBrun

However, this does not mean that at the end of the current NHL trade freeze, a transaction will occur.

Friedman has new information on a trade of Jake Allen or Cayden Primeau by Kent Hughes

Insider Elliotte Friedman states that teams with surplus goaltenders are very greedy. To the great displeasure of those who are looking for one...

"Teams with a surplus of goaltenders... they know it, Elliotte Friedman indicated Saturday night on Hockey Night in Canada. They are very greedy, especially if there is salary retention."

"Teams looking for goaltenders feel they are somewhat being extorted." - Elliotte Friedman

This is excellent news for fans of the Montreal Canadiens! Kent Hughes is not going to give away a goaltender just to give one away, he is asking a high price in return and he is waiting for someone to pay.

It would therefore be surprising if teams, unless they feel compelled to move, rush to conclude a transaction. They will certainly take the risk of waiting a bit and seeing if the market calms down. A strategy that could be a double-edged sword if their situation in goal worsens and their position in the standings plummets. Nothing also says that teams wanting to trade a goaltender will lower their price.

In 12 games this season, Jake Allen has accumulated a record of 4-6-2, maintaining a goals-against average of 3.43 and a save percentage of .904. It would be interesting to see how long he will stay in town but especially, to see the return that Kent Hughes will get for his services. If the price is really high, we can rub our hands!

December 31   |   845 answers
Trade involving a Canadiens goaltender: Insider Pierre LeBrun finally announces good news to fans hoping for a solid return

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