Bombshell information regarding a potential trade involving young Yaroslav Askarov and the Canadiens

Published June 29, 2023 at 1:17 PM
BY DAVID ST-JEAN

In the last few minutes, Pierre LeBrun dropped a bombshell on social media by mentioning a potential trade that could have taken place between the Montreal Canadiens and the Nashville Predators.

Indeed, the rumor was circulating yesterday that Barry Trotz had offered the highly promising young goaltender Yaroslav Askarov along with the 15th and 24th overall picks to acquire the Canadiens' first-round pick. According to the information reported by Pierre LeBrun, Kent Hughes did receive a proposal involving the world's top goaltender not yet playing in the NHL in exchange for the 5th overall pick in the draft.

Unfortunately, the Canadiens' general manager ultimately turned down the trade and proceeded to select David Reinbacher with the 5th overall pick.

"Lebrun confirms the Predators offered the #Habs top goalie prospect Askarov as part of a package to move up to the No. 5 overall pick."



Wow! That's really tough to see today!

Askarov, a 21-year-old goaltender standing at 6'4", had an excellent season in his first year in the AHL, collecting 26 wins in 48 games while maintaining a .911 save percentage and a 2.69 goals against average. The Russian is considered by many experts to be the top goaltending prospect and will undoubtedly become a star in the NHL.

It seems that the Canadiens were truly infatuated with David Reinbacher to turn down a trade that would have allowed the organization to acquire a goaltender with immense potential, one who is highly likely to develop into a top-tier goaltender in the league.

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Bombshell information regarding a potential trade involving young Yaroslav Askarov and the Canadiens

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