Major trade between the Canadiens and Sabres emerges as Kent Hughes' next Alex Newhook has just been targeted by insider

Elias Edmonson
February 27, 2024  (1:20 PM)

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It's a pretty clear, sharp, and precise theme with the Montreal Canadiens, as Kent Hughes wants to acquire players who have very good potential, who are 22-23 years old and who are establishing themselves in the NHL. Players on the verge of blossoming and who are overlooked by their organizations.

Hughes even seems to have a soft spot for players drafted in 2019.
We saw it with Kirby Dach, we saw it with Alex Newhook, and rest assured that the CH will almost certainly conclude a new transaction of this kind by next September.
So the question is: who will be the next Alex Newhook?
Last season, everyone was waiting for Pierre-Luc Dubois, and we got Newhook.
This season, everyone is waiting for Trevor Zegras, so could we have.. Peyton Krebs?
That's what Simon "Snake" Boisvert just suggested.

Peyton Krebs traded to the Montreal Canadiens?

As Marco Normandin just reported, the professional analyst and scout made an interesting suggestion for Kent Hughes on BPM Sports.
We know the Sabres have a lot of good young forwards, and Krebs could absolutely be available there. They can't keep them all.
Krebs has never had a real opportunity in Buffalo.
He was drafted 17th overall in 2019, right after Alex Newhook, but he was expected to go much earlier.
Many experts saw him at the time as one of the top 10 players of his draft, but he had just suffered a major knee injury, which scared some clubs.
Acquired in the Jack Eichel trade, Krebs could be a steal.
"I really like Peyton Krebs. I can see him fitting very well in a middle lineup to create plays and then add intensity and energy to the Canadiens. In my opinion, he would certainly not be very expensive because eventually, Buffalo will have to make choices. They have a lot of young forwards, and they can't keep them all. I think Krebs will be the guy they'll have to part with, and if I were the Canadiens, I'd extend an offer."

- Simon "Snake" Boisvert

Do you like the idea?
Krebs, 23 years old, has accumulated 60 points (19 goals) in 191 career NHL games. In the AHL, he hasn't played since 2021, but we're talking about 30 points in 25 games, which is very solid.
He would probably be cheaper to acquire than Newhook, too!
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