Joel Armia Involved in Massive Trade With Divisional Rival? An Insider Has Made a Major Statement

Published March 3, 2024 at 9:41

Surprisingly, Joel Armia's name has been gaining a lot of attention lately.

The Finnish forward has been playing impressive hockey this season, showcasing a notable offensive performance with 11 goals in 45 games, including another scored yesterday against the Lightning.

He represents the type of depth addition that Stanley Cup contenders look for, thanks to various aspects of his gameplay that shine during playoff hockey, including his defensive play, puck protection, physical presence in one-on-one battles, and his knack for scoring close to the net.

Given these strong attributes, insider David Pagnotta believes he could be traded by the upcoming March 8 deadline.

Could Joel Armia Be Traded to a Rival?

According to Pagnotta, the Boston Bruins currently seem like the best match for a trade involving Armia.

"Armia, with a $1.7M cap hit for two seasons [50% salary retained], would actually be a great addition for a team looking for a player who excels in puck possession. He could be an interesting depth option for the bottom 6.

Boston appears to be the perfect fit for Armia in my view."

This development would have seemed unlikely at the start of the season, when the 30-year-old veteran was demoted to the Laval Rocket. However, since then, he has played with greater consistency, and his performances have been very beneficial to Martin St-Louis.

If it weren't for his hefty salary of $3.4M for another season, there would likely be a larger market for him right now. It will be interesting to see if Kent Hughes can find a trade partner by the trade deadline.

March 3   |   546 answers
Joel Armia Involved in Massive Trade With Divisional Rival? An Insider Has Made a Major Statement

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