Potential Destinations – Goaltending & Defense

By Bob Trask – With the trade deadline approaching, the Montreal Canadiens are expected to be active players in the trade market. Some of those who are still with the club after the deadline could still be dealt after the season is over. Draft weekend could be a period of significant activity.

Let’s look at a few possibilities which all come with caveats like salary retention, bad contracts coming back or other considerations.

GOAL

Jake Allen

He remains the prime candidate here but only if the club is comfortable with a return to health for Carey Price. None those currently holding the fort in goal for Montreal looks ready to step in as number one so the Habs need to be sure that at least one of Allen or Price is available.

Time Frame: Post season

Odds: Low

Destination: Washington

DEFENSE

Ben Chiarot

He is in demand. His style of play is suited to the playoffs and he is on an expiring contract but the Habs may not want to trade him to a division rival like Toronto or Florida. Edmundson is a potential replacement if he is healthy.

Time Frame: Trade deadline

Odds: High

Destination: Edmonton

Jeff Petry

Jeff Petry

He has found new life under Marty St-Louis but still seems to want out. Despite is age and contract he could be in demand because 2-way d-men who play the right side are rare. A team weak in that position and in the hunt for a playoff spot could benefit with the addition of Petry. There is no potential replacement in place for next year which could mean that Montreal would be looking to acquire a RD through trade or free agency prior to next season.

Time Frame: Trade deadline or post season

Odds: Moderate (deadline) to High (post season)

Destination: Nashville

Brett Kulak

He also looks like a new player under St-Louis. His improved play and his expiring contract make him an attractive addition as a depth player for the playoffs. It seems like Montreal’s cap structure would make it unlikely they are able to re-sign him, increasing the odds that he could be traded. Corey Schueneman looks like a logical replacement until Kaiden Guhle is ready with Kale Clague also in the running.

Time Frame: Trade deadline

Odds: Moderate to High

Destination: Pittsburgh

Chris Wideman

He is the second oldest defenseman on the roster and he is on an expiring contract. He is also a RD with some capabilities on offense and the PP. All of this makes him a candidate to be traded. He would appeal to a team looking for depth on defense and for someone who has he capability to generate some offense. It would be a team that is not willing to give up a lot in terms of prospects or picks – in other words, a bargain hunter.

Time Frame: Trade deadline

Odds: Moderate to High

Destination: Dallas

David Savard

He was a deadline acquisition last year but this time around his contract and the level of play he has been able to achieve makes him seem unlikely for a repeat.

Time Frame: Trade deadline

Odds: Low

Destination: NY Rangers

Back on February 1st, JD had also made a list of predictions on this very site and you will notice that while the train of thoughts is similar. There are multiple takers for any of the players mentioned and that’s what makes this time of year fun for fans to follow.

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