Trade Possibly Incoming Involving the Promising Goaltender Dan Vladar and the Canadiens

Julien Trekker
July 27, 2023  (12:31)

It is no longer a secret, the Montreal Canadiens absolutely need to find a goaltender for the future if the team wishes to compete in the coming years.

Although Samuel Montembeault has shown excellent progress this season, there is still no certainty that the Quebecois will become a top-tier goalie in the NHL.
That is precisely why the Canadiens' management seems eager to acquire a promising young goaltender through the trade market. Indeed, several discussions have taken place with the Nashville Predators concerning Yaroslav Askarov just hours before the draft. Additionally, Tatcher Demko's name has also been linked to the Habs.
Of course, we strongly hope that Samuel Montembeault, who will undoubtedly be the number one goaltender when the 2023-2024 season begins, will be the solution to this problem.
Since Carey Price's departure, no prospect in the organization has been able to establish themselves in the NHL, but Jacob Fowler could change that in a few seasons, given his very promising potential.
In two seasons with the Youngstown Phantoms in the USHL, the American goalie has compiled an impressive record of 46 wins, 14 losses, and 5 overtime defeats. He has also recorded an impressive save percentage of 0.927 and a goals-against average of 2.12. However, at only 18 years old, we will have to wait patiently before he's ready to take on the role of number one goaltender in the NHL.
According to information reported by The Athletic, a new goaltender may be available on the trade market, and he could represent a very interesting option for the Canadiens. Indeed, the Calgary Flames are currently trying to trade their 25-year-old goalie, Dan Vladar, in order to make room in their lineup for the young Dustin Wolf.
As the backup behind Jakob Markstrom in the Flames' hierarchy, Vladar has never had the opportunity to become the number one goalie. However, the Czech goaltender has stood out significantly over the past two seasons, becoming one of the best backups in the league. Furthermore, the asking price would be very affordable as Craig Conroy would only request a second-round pick to part ways with their goalie.
Standing at 6 feet 5 inches and weighing 210 pounds, Vladar has recorded an interesting record of 29 wins, 14 losses, and 8 overtime defeats since his arrival in the NHL. However, it is important to understand that no discussions have taken place between the two teams yet, but Vladar could become an option for Kent Hughes if Samuel Montembeault does not perform up to expectations this year.
In your opinion, should Kent Hughes offer the Colorado Avalanche's second-round pick (obtained in the Artturi Lehkonen trade) to acquire Dan Vladar?

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Trade Possibly Incoming Involving the Promising Goaltender Dan Vladar and the Canadiens

If you were in Kent Hughes' position, would you trade a second-round pick to acquire Dan Vladar?

Yes2547.2 %
No2852.8 %
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