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We Now Know the Real Reason a Goalie Hasn't Been Traded Yet

Published December 24, 2023 at 5:03 PM

Many fans are wondering why the General Manager of the Canadiens, Kent Hughes, has still not completed a trade to finally put an end to the famous goaltender situation. After all, the three-goalie dilemma has persisted for nearly three months with the Canadiens, greatly complicating the task of head coach Martin St-Louis.

However, in the last few hours, the Journal de Montréal published a very interesting article explaining why a trade has not yet occurred. Indeed, according to information shared by Elliotte Friedman during his appearance on Hockey Night In Canada Saturday night, the GM of the CH is said to be very demanding in his requests, which is causing some teams to back off.

"The teams that have a surplus of goalies... they know it. They are very demanding, especially if there is salary retention.

Teams that are looking for goalies feel that they are being somewhat extorted." - Elliotte Friedman

This explains why a resolution is still awaited in this matter!

Although we are eager for the Montreal Canadiens to finally offer more starts to the tandem of Samuel Montembeault and Cayden Primeau, Kent Hughes has good reason to wait and continue to ask for an interesting return for his 33-year-old veteran. After all, Martin St-Louis' team is currently successful, being only four points away from a playoff spot.

Moreover, as is the case every season, the market value of players increases considerably as the trade deadline approaches. The Bleu-Blanc-Rouge could therefore receive a much more attractive return in a few weeks when some teams will absolutely want to solidify their goaltender duo for the playoffs.

It seems likely that we may still have to wait a bit before the Canadiens finally make a trade involving one of their three goaltenders.

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We Now Know the Real Reason a Goalie Hasn't Been Traded Yet

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