Major Off-Season Signing Looming for the Canadiens? An Insider Has Hinted at a Game-Changing Addition

Aaron Itovitch
March 3, 2024  (10:43)

Montreal Canadiens general manager Kent Hughes
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With the NHL trade deadline just days away, many fans are speculating whether Kent Hughes, General Manager of the Montreal Canadiens, will pull off another significant move. Current rumors suggest that David Savard and Jake Allen are drawing interest from several teams.

While Jake Allen's value may not be on the rise, the situation is quite the opposite for David Savard, number 58 of the Canadiens. Following the trade involving Chris Tanev to the Dallas Stars, Savard emerges as potentially the best option for teams looking to add a veteran who excels in defensive play.
However, Hughes has openly stated his reluctance to part with his defenseman unless he receives an irresistible offer. This suggests that Jake Allen, number 34, is the more likely candidate to be traded, even though the return might be modest.
In a recent article on BPM Sports, Réjean Tremblay emphasized that the Montreal management must trade Jake Allen. He argued that the team needs to free up salary cap space to be more flexible for the opening of the free agent market in July.
"Another departure is absolutely necessary. That of Jake Allen. Even if it's for a handful of hockey pucks. Allen needs to clear up salary cap space.

With the current six million gap and the three million freed by Allen's departure, Jeff Gorton could replicate the Artemi Panarin move with the Rangers. Bring a real star, a veteran, a prodigy to Montreal, to send the message that there are no more excuses. It's time to work hard and win.

The end of complacency must be signaled in March.

If we're to be taken seriously next October." - Réjean Tremblay

Tremblay also points out that the Canadiens need to make a significant addition this summer by acquiring a top forward to realistically aim for the playoffs next season. He references Artemi Panarin, who joined the New York Rangers when Jeff Gorton was there, as an example.
With several forwards becoming free agents at the end of the season, Hughes could significantly aid the Canadiens by signing a high-caliber forward. Martin St-Louis already has talented players like Nick Suzuki, Cole Caufield, Kirby Dach, Juraj Slafkovsky, and Alex Newhook, but adding a new offensive star to the top-6 could completely rejuvenate Montreal's offense.
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