Marc-André Fleury to Montreal: A trade proposal surfaces and generates significant reactions

David St-Jean
July 25, 2023  (9:22)

Trade proposals are very popular at this time of year, as we are in the heart of the NHL offseason. It's always entertaining to share the best trade offers involving the Canadiens that have been raised on social media.

Let's remind ourselves that these proposals are simply meant to spark exciting debates among fans. Here's one that has generated a lot of reactions, involving a blockbuster trade between the Minnesota Wild and Marc-André Fleury:
In Minnesota:
Josh Anderson
Cayden Primeau

In Montreal:
Marc-André Fleury
2024 1st round pick
Caeden Bankier

The idea behind this exchange for the Wild is to clear the final year of the Quebecois goaltender's contract to make room for a new deal with the talented young goalie Filip Gustavsson, who is seen as the true future in the team's net, alongside the promising Jesper Wallstedt.
With a tight salary cap situation, by shedding Fleury's $3.5 million contract to sign Gustavsson, and having $5.3 million available in cap space, the team's GM Bill Guerin would have the means to invest in a player who could immediately contribute to the Wild's success, such as Josh Anderson. He is a player tailor-made for this team and has the necessary talent to make a deep playoff run.
From the Canadiens' perspective, by freeing up Anderson's contract, Kent Hughes would create cap space, saving $2 million immediately for the following year, and subsequently, three years at $5.5 million. Additionally, the addition of a first-round pick would be a valuable asset for Anderson's services, as well as Caeden Bankier, who is an interesting prospect.
Although on paper, this scenario might work for both teams, it seems unlikely that such a trade would happen. The Habs already have two NHL-contracted goalies in Jake Allen and Samuel Montembeault, and Fleury has a no-movement clause, which means he could refuse to join the Canadiens if he doesn't want to end his career with a rebuilding team.
Nevertheless, if this offer ended up on your desk as the Canadiens' GM, would you accept this trade?
Source: HabsetLNH.com
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Marc-André Fleury to Montreal: A trade proposal surfaces and generates significant reactions

Would you make the trade of Josh Anderson + Cayden Primeau for Marc-André Fleury + 2024 1st round pick + prospect Caeden Bankier?

Yes7554.3 %
No6345.7 %
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