Five potential targets for the Montreal Canadiens were raised by a reputable journalist

Published May 8, 2023 at 3:12 PM

The summer of 2023 will be a very important one for the future of the Montreal Canadiens. Kent Hughes and his team will have important files to manage in order to improve the team's short- and medium-term formation, while respecting the long-term plan.

With two first-round selections, including one in the top-7, the club will have the opportunity to add other very interesting talents to its pool of prospects.

The organization should also be very active on the trading market again this year, as the Habs' GM has already mentioned his interest in making another "Kirby Dach-style" transaction, if the opportunity arises.

As the excellent journalist from The Athletic Marc-Antoine Godin raised, there could be five potential targets for an interesting trade for the Canadiens.

Alex Newhook

The 22-year-old forward from the Colorado Avalanche could be on his way out, as he was used for only 9 minutes and 15 seconds on average in the playoffs, despite the lack of depth at center. According to Godin, the negotiation of a new contract is a good time to make a trade, as the team needs to make a decision about its player's future.

Alexis Lafreniere

His name has been circulating in trade rumors and everything indicates that he or Kaapo Kakko could be on their way out of New York. With an almost mature team, they will probably be looking for immediate help to align with the club. Obviously, the risks are significant, especially since the price should be high, but the Quebecer could be on the verge of breaking out in the NHL.

Josh Bailey, Sean Walker and Alex Goligoski

The journalist believes that a trade in the style of the Sean Monahan deal could materialize again this summer. These are three players with only one season left on their contract, who could become interesting assets for the next trade deadline, in addition to allowing the Canadiens to add a pick or prospect to absorb their contract.

May 8   |   122 answers
Five potential targets for the Montreal Canadiens were raised by a reputable journalist

What trade would you like to see Kent Hughes make during the summer?

A trade like the Dach trade3427.9 %
A trade like the Monahan trade1310.7 %
Both5545.1 %
None of these transactions2016.4 %
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