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Trade between the Canadiens and the Ducks for Josh Anderson: a necessity?


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David St-Jean
July 3, 2024  (9:59)
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The Canadiens have a very clear plan, and Kent Hughes is sticking to it meticulously. This is why he hasn't made any significant acquisitions and continues to be patient.

With the selections of Ivan Demidov and Michael Hage, the outlook for the offense has changed dramatically. The prospect pool is much stronger across all positions.
Adding Jacob Fowler in goal and the promising young defensemen like Lane Hutson and Logan Mailloux, the Canadiens will have a very solid team in a few years.
What's problematic right now are the bad contracts handed out by Marc Bergevin. Brendan Gallagher, Josh Anderson, and Christian Dvorak are particularly burdensome, especially in the cases of Gallagher and Anderson.
Dvorak will become an unrestricted free agent at the end of next season, whereas Gallagher and Anderson still have three years left on their contracts at $6.5 million and $5.5 million per year, respectively.
Hughes might be lucky enough to trade Anderson's contract, as his style of play would fit well in Anaheim.
Why Anaheim? Because they haven't signed any free agents and are $8.8 million below the salary cap floor. They need to add salary, and quickly.
"The Anaheim Ducks are $8.8M UNDER the cap and have not signed a single player in free agency.

What's the plan there?" - Drew Livingstone

This prompted an online suggestion to trade, or almost give away, Josh Anderson to Anaheim, as his north-south style and speed would be a good fit for the Ducks.
"Opportunity for Josh Anderson here IMO.

Anaheim will still have couple players on ELC for the next 3 seasons, fitting the contract of Josh Anderson, who could fit the team by style."

It makes sense, but it also has to work for Kent Hughes. This situation also sheds light on why the Ducks are struggling to trade Trevor Zegras.
Not only does Verbeek want a significant return for the forward, but he also needs to acquire salary to meet the cap floor. Trading Zegras would hinder this goal.
Source: Gonordiques.com
Transaction: les Ducks d'Anaheim obligés de faire l'acquisition d'Anderson?
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Trade between the Canadiens and the Ducks for Josh Anderson: a necessity?

In your opinion, will Josh Anderson be traded before his contract ends in 2027?

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