BREAKING: Potential Blockbuster Trade May Happen Between Boston And Montreal

Published August 20, 2023 at 6:25

Kent Hughes, General Manager of the Montreal Canadiens, has been making strategic moves to reshape the team's dynamics. The recent trade of former alternate captain Jeff Petry to the Detroit Red Wings with a conditional fourth-round pick and defenseman Gustav Lindstrom showcased Hughes' commitment to change, even if asset management raised questions.

Challenges in Goalie Market

Hughes also addressed the Casey DeSmith situation, who entered the Canadiens in a three-way trade involving Erik Karlsson and the Pittsburgh Penguins. Dealing with four goalies in the lineup adds complexity. Hughes recognized the tough task of finding the right fit for DeSmith, highlighting the sluggish goalie trade market.

DeSmith's Worth and Options

DeSmith's value can't be overlooked. His performance in the last five years has been solid, maintaining a .912 save percentage and excelling in saving goals above expected during 5v5 play.

DeSmith's contract is expiring, and with a reasonable $1.8 million salary cap hit, he's a feasible option. Though limited, there are potential teams seeking reliable backup goaltending. If the Boston Bruins decide to trade a goalie to address other needs, DeSmith might find an opening.

While a Boston move remains a distant possibility due to trade history, it underscores the intricate trade landscape Hughes faces. The uncertain goalie market complicates decisions for Hughes and the Canadiens moving forward.

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BREAKING: Potential Blockbuster Trade May Happen Between Boston And Montreal

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