According to former Oilers and Canadiens (amongst others) Georges Laraque, the two Alberta teams are not only battling on the ice, but off-ice as well. Laraque mentioned to Tony Marinaro that both Edmonton and Calgary have interest in Montreal’s power-forward Josh Anderson.
Laraque went on to say that he questions if the Canadiens can afford to lose a power forward like him. Anderson can play on the top two lines, he can score, he can skate and he is physical. When he is on the ice, opponents have to be aware. It would definitely take a king’s ransom to pry this guy out of Montreal.
This is not the first time that we hear about the Flames having interest in Anderson as TSN’s Salim Valji confirmed the Flames’ interest in Anderson in a tweet last week.
But if the two teams from Alberta are getting into a bidding war, this could get interesting rather quickly. The last time the two rivals went after the same player, the Flames managed to convince Jacob Markstrom to sign with them. The Oilers were also going hard after him and the former Canucks’ goaltender clearly benefited, signing a 6-year, $36 million contract with a full no-movement clause.