If the Montreal Canadiens are thinking about really shaking things up before this season comes to a close and during an offseason where the organization might make some pretty big changes, there are a handful of players that immediately pop to the front of the line in terms of trade assets. Among the names the Canadiens will take calls on are Carey Price, Jeff Petry, David Savard, Ben Chiarot, Brendan Gallagher, Tyler Toffoli, Mike Hoffman, Joel Armia, Jonathan Drouin, and/or Artturi Lehkonen.
This is not to say that any or all of them will actually be traded, but there’s chatter surrounding each name and Marc Antoine Godin of The Athletic asked a number of pro NHL scouts about the possible returns should these names be on the block.
Carey Price would be a tough contract to trade, but there would be interest among teams that could afford him. One scout said he should be worth “a first-round pick and a prospect, for sure. That’s a minimum.”
We believe the Canadiens would prefer to take back a bad contract or two as opposed to eating significant money for several years. The value of the draft picks coming back would depend on the bad contract or contracts that would come with those picks.
The Canadiens’ other goaltender might be on the block as well, assuming the Canadiens elect to stick with a healthy Price. One scout said “Maybe Jake Allen can get you a first-round pick,” but added that all the stars would have to align just right.
Another team would need to have lost their starter and be desperate to add. Allen has one more season after this one on his contract and teams are essentially getting a one-year rental if they trade for him.
Labeled a “scout killer” trading for Petry can either make you a much better team or get your pro scouts fired because a team will find out he’s not worth nearly what they gave up to acquire him. Many see him as a No. 3 or No. 4 defenseman now and his $6.5 million contract is going to scare people away.
There is still a market for the defenseman though as some teams think he could salvage his season. A second- and third-round pick, and maybe a ‘B’ prospect aren’t out of the question.
Most people believe a Chiarot trade is inevitable and many think he’ll fetch a first-round pick in return if he’s healthy. The questions surrounding Chiarot will be just how long it takes for him to be moved. There are a number of teams interested and one club might make an early pitch while others could wait to the very end. Montreal will have to decide which route offers the better value.
The trade value for Gallagher will depend on what the Canadiens are willing to eat or take back in terms of salary. There are a number of teams who believe the window to get good value on the gritty forward has closed and other teams like what he brings to the table.
“If Montreal were to retain 50 percent, I think they’d be able to look at probably a first-round pick and maybe even a prospect for Gallagher,” one scout said.
“Depending on the market, his value comes close to a first-round pick and a prospect, ” Godin writes. When it comes to moving a player with term left, many believe Toffoli has the most value in a trade after Carey Price. Toffoli has the potential to be a bargain.
One scout noted, if the Canadiens are prepared to take a contract back, Montreal could get a first-round pick and a prospect or young player in return.
One scout said of Drouin:
“If there’s teams that have a first pick and they have an early second round pick, I think there’s teams that would move an early second-round pick, and maybe even a lower-end prospect, or maybe even a higher-end prospect for Drouin if they feel like it’s something that can help them, just because there’s only one year left after this.”
The better market for Drouin might come around the NHL Draft and not the trade deadline.
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