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Last-minute transaction by the Canadiens, and it was unexpected

Published March 11, 2024 at 1:57 PM

You read that right; there was a transaction in the last minutes, even though the trade deadline has already passed. Here's the crucial detail to note:

"Always relevant clarification regarding the trade deadline: teams can still make transactions, but the players acquired will not be eligible to play in the (NHL) playoffs." - Nicolas Cloutier, TVA Sports

The Canadiens acquired Arnaud Durandeau in exchange for Nathan Légaré. This marks the second trade in a few days between Montreal and New Jersey, following the one sending Jake Allen there on Friday.

It's a significant addition to the Rocket's lineup, providing depth for the Canadiens if needed. Let's look at the track records of both players.

"Arnaud Durandeau, 25 years old, in the AHL: 51 goals and 126 points in 205 games (0.61).

Nathan Légaré, 23 years old, in the AHL: 21 goals and 44 points in 164 games (0.26).

Durandeau is a winger drafted in the 6th round by the Islanders in 2017. He played 4 games in the NHL last year." - Anthony Martineau, TVA Sports

In a highly competitive playoff race like the one the Rocket is experiencing right now, Durandeau's arrival is welcome. And if there are injuries with the Canadiens, he can be called up.

As for the AHL playoffs, the trade deadline is March 15th, so he will be eligible to help Laval if the team makes the springtime dance.

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Last-minute transaction by the Canadiens, and it was unexpected

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