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Major Trade Between the Canadiens and Ducks for Trevor Zegras: Kent Hughes Might Have to Pay a High Price with Arber Xhekaj

Published March 2, 2024 at 11:55 PM
BY DAVID ST-JEAN

Canadiens defenseman Arber Xhekaj has experienced a rollercoaster of emotions this season, and it may continue. Injured early in the season and sent to Laval upon his return, he eventually made his way back to the Canadiens, showcasing stellar hockey.

For about two weeks, paired with David Savard, Xhekaj has been aggressive on the attack, earning points, protecting his teammates, playing physical, all while remaining highly disciplined.

His market value is currently enormous, to the extent that, according to Renaud Lavoie, if the Ducks or another team were to call Kent Hughes offering a player of Trevor Zegras's caliber, Xhekaj would be the centerpiece of the negotiation.

"What happens the day a team, let's say a team like the Anaheim Ducks, calls and says: you know what? Trevor Zegras, we're ready to trade him. We're 100% sure that Arber Xhekaj's name is part of the conversation. I say Zegras, it could be another."



It's a bold statement, but we might not be far from the truth. We are currently witnessing Xhekaj's tremendous potential. He's far from just an enforcer; he has many strengths and is quite surprising.

If Kent Hughes wants to acquire a young star player through a trade, he'll have to pay a high price. If he's not willing to part with Arber Xhekaj, he might have to explore the free-agent market or the draft.

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Major Trade Between the Canadiens and Ducks for Trevor Zegras: Kent Hughes Might Have to Pay a High Price with Arber Xhekaj

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