According to NHL Insider Darren Dreger, you can add at least one more team interested in acquiring Canadiens’ right-winger Josh Anderson. In his appearance on TSN 690 yesterday, Dreger said that the Dallas Stars are actively looking for a winger to complement a line with Tyler Seguin and Mason Marchment, and advanced the name of Anderson as a possibility.
This is not the first time that Anderson’s name has been in the rumour mill. Recently, Georges Laraque named the Calgary Flames and the Edmonton Oilers are two teams interesting in the power forward. But as Pierre LeBrun confirmed to Cheering The Logo, Canadiens’ GM Kent Hughes has no intention of trading him and he has declined some serious offers for Anderson.
This should come as no surprise as a power forward this size, with his skating ability, his physicality and who can score 20-25 goals a season is rather rare now days. But before you pencil Anderson in another team’s line-up, don’t forget that if teams are wanting him, there’s a reason and what’s good for others is also good for Montreal… They have other players that they’ll want to trade before someone like him.
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.