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Canadiens Insider Makes a Shocking Statement About a Josh Anderson Trade


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Aaron Itovitch
March 3, 2024  (1:51 PM)
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Montreal Canadiens forward Josh Anderson
Photo credit: Eyes on Isles

Josh Anderson's situation with the Montreal Canadiens is currently quite concerning.

The powerful forward seems to be a shadow of his former self, with a disappointing production of eight goals and 17 points in 57 games. For a player earning $5.5 million for three more seasons, this performance is deemed unacceptable.
Unfortunately, it's not just his offensive output that's plummeting, but his market value as well.
He went from being a player many teams dreamed of adding to their roster to someone who seems lost on the ice, hardly producing and no longer showcasing the physical play he was known for.
A striking observation is the fact that last summer, there were significant rumors that the Canadiens were receiving serious and substantial offers for Anderson's services.
There were even talks of a first-round pick and a prospect being on the table for Anderson. At that time, there were multiple discussions emphasizing that the offseason presented a golden opportunity to capitalize on his value and offload his hefty contract.
Months later, it seemed that Kent Hughes might have significantly erred by refusing incredible offers for number 17. However, journalist Renaud Lavoie seeks to clarify the situation.

Kent Hughes Reportedly Did Not Refuse a First-Round Pick for Anderson

According to Lavoie, Hughes did not refuse a first-round pick for Anderson, at least, he believes so. In other words, if the GM did not decline such an offer, it implies he never received such a valuation for the 29-year-old veteran.
This is quite surprising, given the seriousness of the rumors from various sources confirming the same information last year.
Is it possible Lavoie has new, privileged information today that contradicts last year's rumors? It's possible.
One thing is certain, regardless of Anderson's real value last year, there was genuine interest in him across the league. What's clear now is that he no longer holds the same value.
Hoping Anderson can revive his career next year with a more complete and healthy lineup; otherwise, the next three years will be long and difficult for him.
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