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Huge transaction involving multiple elements, including Arber Xhekaj: The Montreal Canadiens could be good with forward Kent Johnson

Published February 5, 2024 at 8:10 PM
BY DAVID ST-JEAN
As long as Kent Hughes doesn't start trading defensemen for forwards, there will be trade proposals and rumors circulating everywhere.

It's observed that Kent Hughes is rarely willing to pay a high price or let go of players without a satisfactory return, as demonstrated in the goaltender situation.

However, he seems willing to pay the price to acquire young players with high potential, as seen with Kirby Dach and Alex Newhook.

It's worth remembering that Alexander Romanov was highly regarded in Montreal. He was seen as the first robust defenseman since Alexei Emelin, with even more talent. Today, nobody misses him.


Observer Marc-Olivier Beaudoin has suggested a trade that follows a similar pattern but is even more significant.

"Sunday reflection: Curious to know what young forward a 'package' 1st WPG 2024 + Arber Xhekaj (+ another pick/prospect if needed) could bring to #CH! Any ideas? ⬇️⬇️

(By the way, I like Xhekaj, and I don't want to trade him. However, trading surplus for a need is intelligent roster management. Similar to the Romanov/Dach situation!)"

In the comments, several users discuss Kent Johnson, the Blue Jackets prospect. It would be a significant acquisition, and with Beaudoin's proposed offer, it seems very realistic.

Others mention that the trade should absolutely be with a Western team, which wouldn't be a bad idea either.

And you, would you trade Xhekaj++ for a highly promising young player like Kent Johnson?

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February 5   |   794 answers
Huge transaction involving multiple elements, including Arber Xhekaj: The Montreal Canadiens could be good with forward Kent Johnson

Would you trade Arber Xhekaj in a package to bring in a highly promising young forward?

Yes34042.8 %
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