Trade offer emerges from expert for Trevor Zegras

Aaron Itovitch
April 25, 2024  (3:35 PM)

Anaheim Ducks forward Trevor Zegras
Photo credit: B/R Open Ice

Trevor Zegras' name is swirling around Montreal, and it's likely to stay that way at least until the NHL draft, so we'd better get used to it.

He's a divisive subject that generates a lot of discussion on social media, to the point where there's now a clear divide between those who want him in Montreal and those who don't.
It's known that the Canadiens will look again to add a top-6 forward this summer, and given the availability of the Ducks' forward, especially since the arrival of the promising Cutter Gauthier, a connection between the two organizations is easily drawn.
Let's remember that Pierre LeBrun confirmed the Tricolore's interest in the Zegras case earlier this year, having even contacted the Ducks for his services. The interest is real on the CH side, which makes the possibility of something coming to fruition even more credible.
Knowing that Anaheim's GM, Pat Verbeek, has shown his hand by wanting to get a top-4 right-handed defenseman, FX Bénard of BPM Sports raised in a survey a concrete, and very credible, offer to acquire the 23-year-old American.
Here's his proposal:
To Montreal:
Trevor Zegras

To Anaheim:
Logan Mailloux
1st round 2024 (Winnipeg's pick)

As I mentioned earlier, opinions are really divided. Among more than 1000 respondents, 51.6% say "yes" to this transaction, while 48.4% are in the "no" camp.
In a recent article on the acquisition of Zegras, journalist Mathias Brunet polled a hockey man from a National League club on the matter, who mentioned the following:
"Our scouts like Mailloux, but Zegras has proven he belongs in the NHL, Mailloux not yet, he's played just one game"

So, for those who would dare say that the Ducks' forward isn't worth such an offer, an NHL executive believes more than Mailloux and the included first-round pick would be needed to conclude the transaction.
"A top 6 consisting of Suzuki, Slafkovsky, Caufield, Dach, Zegras, and Newhook wouldn't be too shabby. It remains to see what Verbeek has in mind. A call or a text costs nothing, right?" - Mathias Brunet

Even after this trade, the Canadiens would still have their top-7 pick in the upcoming draft, two first-round picks in 2025, David Reinbacher, Lane Hutson, Joshua Roy, Jacob Fowler, and almost all their best prospects.
Moreover, this move wouldn't even require weakening the current lineup of the club, having not touched Kaiden Guhle or Arber Xhekaj on defense, or the main pieces of the offense.
It would be a big deal to see a youngster like Zegras, who has two NHL seasons of over 60 points, join the top-6 of the Tricolore, and we'd be very curious to see what Martin St-Louis could achieve with him in Montreal.
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Trade offer emerges from expert for Trevor Zegras

Logan Mailloux + Winnipeg's 1st for Trevor Zegras?

Yes6133.2 %
No12366.8 %
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