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Talented Player Done With the Canadiens After Last Night's Game?

Published March 8, 2024 at 8:37

When Kent Hughes took over as general manager of the Canadiens, he inherited several unfavorable contracts given out by Marc Bergevin during his tenure in Montreal. Notably, this includes contracts for Brendan Gallagher and Josh Anderson, but Joel Armia's contract is also part of this group.

Despite his excellent performance during the Canadiens' playoff run in 2021, his four-season contract with an annual salary of $3.4 million seemed clearly too high for the performance he can deliver on the ice.

It's unfortunate because the Finn definitely has the talent to be one of the team's best players, but he struggles with consistency. He's known for having a great game and then disappearing for the next five, making him a rather unpredictable element in Montreal's lineup.

For this reason, many fans would like Kent Hughes to make a trade to find him a new team. Currently, the number 40 of the Bleu-Blanc-Rouge is on a good streak with two goals and four assists (six points) in his last eight games, which could possibly increase his value in the trade market.

« Honestly, if scouts have been watching Joel Armia's performances for the past few weeks, I wouldn't be surprised if there's interest in him.

His salary is problematic, but with a 50% retention by the #CH (thus a cap hit of $1,700,000 for this season and the next), he could add a lot to the "bottom 6" of a contending team.

Let's remember his performances on the 4th line with Eric Staal and Corey Perry during the Canadiens' bubble run. He was impressive!

Another file to follow in the coming days! » - Marc-Olivier Beaudoin

After all, some general managers might show interest in the former 18th overall pick, especially if Kent Hughes agrees to retain 50% of his contract. We're talking about a depth forward possibly capable of scoring a dozen goals per season and who can provide valuable services during the playoffs.

At $1.7 million until 2024-2025, he could certainly be an interesting addition, potentially filling a need on the fourth line of a team aspiring to win it all. It remains to be seen if some teams will contact Kent Hughes to inquire about the cost to acquire him.

Personally, if I were in the Montreal GM's position, I would accept any offer I receive for Joel Armia. Although he can be useful in the CH lineup, his departure would allow younger players like Joshua Roy and possibly even Owen Beck to have more playing time next year, all while saving on the salary cap.

Do you think Joel Armia has played his last game in the Canadiens' uniform?

March 8   |   303 answers
Talented Player Done With the Canadiens After Last Night's Game?

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