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Proposal for a blockbuster trade involving a star player between the Canadiens and the Coyotes

Published July 18, 2023 at 12:53

At this time of the year, the hockey world tends to slow down, but there can still be significant blockbuster trades on occasion.

Engaging in the exercise of playing general manager and discussing trade proposals circulating on social media can be entertaining when the offer sparks reactions and leaves no one indifferent.

For our amusement and to entertain you, here's an interesting proposal put forward by the Twitter account of "Hockey Night in Montreal," involving the Canadiens and the Arizona Coyotes.

Here is the proposed offer:

"In Montreal:

Clayton Keller + a 3rd round pick

In Arizona:

Josh Anderson + Jordan Harris + a 1st-round pick in 2025 (CGY) + two 2nd-round picks (2024 and 2025)"

At first glance, the trade seems interesting from the Canadiens' perspective as they would be adding a 24-year-old star player and an excellent point producer. Keller recently concluded the last season with 37 goals and 86 points in 82 games.

Additionally, the organization would acquire a genuine top-six talent, something Josh Anderson unfortunately hasn't consistently provided for the Canadiens. The surplus of left-handed defensemen would allow the team to part ways with Harris without necessarily compromising the depth in that position.

Of course, high draft picks come at a steep price, but one must pay to receive.

Where it becomes somewhat questionable for the Habs is the fact that Keller is another small-sized forward. He would join the likes of Nick Suzuki, Cole Caufield, and Alex Newhook, who are all significant contributors in the lineup measuring 5 feet 11 inches and below.

On the other hand, given that the Coyotes are slowly building depth and an interesting team, it is highly doubtful that the organization truly wishes to part ways with their young star forward. They already have a considerable number of draft picks for the next three years, and they need to start building around Keller rather than trading him to continue rebuilding.

While Harris could fit a need for the Coyotes, the same cannot be said for Anderson, who is approaching his thirties.

Is this a good trade for both teams, in your opinion? Would one team be more likely to decline the trade than the other?

Here are the results of the poll regarding this proposal:

Source: RDT
July 18   |   230 answers
Proposal for a blockbuster trade involving a star player between the Canadiens and the Coyotes

Which team says no to this trade?

Arizona4117.8 %
Montreal12554.3 %
Both agree3013 %
Both decline3414.8 %
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