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Monster trade involving Hutson, Mailloux, and Reinbacher for Necas


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David St-Jean
May 30, 2024  (3:55 PM)
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Lane Hutson and David Reinbacher
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Martin Necas is quite a hockey player, and even though he will become a free agent on July 1st, it will be as a restricted free agent.

The Hurricanes are constrained by the salary cap, so it's in their best interest to offer him a contract extension now or trade him before that date.
Otherwise, a hostile offer could come in and the team likely wouldn't be able to match it. It's understood that Kent Hughes wouldn't do that to avoid complicating business relations, but it remains a risk for the Canes.

A proposal for Necas that includes Lane Hutson, David Reinbacher, or Logan Mailloux

On air with Mario Langlois, Stéphane Waite mentioned that Necas would be a great acquisition for Montreal and he wouldn't hesitate to sacrifice one of the three, meaning Mailloux, Hutson, or Reinbacher.
"I wouldn't be afraid to give up my second first-round pick plus a defensive prospect, choose who you want: Logan Mailloux, Lane Hutson, David Reinbacher. I'd give one of the three plus my 26th first-round pick. We have plenty of defensemen. We have twelve in the last two years who can play defense with the Canadiens. You'll have to trade some!"

- Stéphane Waite, via a transcription by Marco Normandin

Mario Langlois obviously didn't agree, and neither do I.
Lane Hutson could become the next Quinn Hughes, and David Reinbacher the next Moritz Seider, with several sources even comparing him to Roman Josi.
As for Logan Mailloux, he is in my opinion the only one of the future top 4 defensemen who could be part of a major trade. Kaiden Guhle, Lane Hutson, and David Reinbacher will definitely stay.
It's certain that to receive, you have to pay, but Kent Hughes has mentioned numerous times that he wouldn't sacrifice the club's future to improve immediately.
So, it can be assumed that such a trade shouldn't happen, unless the GM judges that the future of the defense is secure. He has already contacted the Hurricanes to discuss Necas, so let's let him do his job and build a trade, if it really is still in his plans.
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Stéphane Waite propose une offre monstre pour acquérir Martin Necas
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Monster trade involving Hutson, Mailloux, and Reinbacher for Necas

Which of these four defensemen would you trade for a good player like Martin Necas?

David Reinbacher13229.5 %
Lane Hutson4810.7 %
Logan Mailloux20245.1 %
Kaiden Guhle6614.7 %
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