NHL and Players Association unveil inclusion committeehttps://t.co/o1AP9yv7KA
– RDS (@RDSca) June 27, 2023
The Habs GM wanted to make a Kirby Dach-style trade, mainly to get his hands on a talented young player who hasn’t yet reached his potential. That player is Alex Newhook.
In the end, the CH had to part with the Panthers’ pick, 31st overall, and also sent selection #37 and Gianni Fairbrother to Colorado.
In essence, it’s as if the Habs had traded Ben Chiarot, a second-round pick and Fairbrother to acquire the center forward.
Let’s not forget that the Panthers’ pick was part of the deal that sent Chiarot to Florida at the 2022 trade deadline.
Basically it’s Ben Chariot (UFA) + 2nd pick + Gianni Fairbrother for Alex Newhook… 😉
– Vestiaire.ca (@Vestiaire) June 27, 2023
Would things have been different if the Panthers hadn’t made it to the Stanley Cup Finals?
After all, we didn’t see the Floridian outfit making it this far in the playoffs. At one point, we even saw them finishing at the bottom of the NHL standings, and the Canadiens could have had two good selections in the top-10 or top-15.
Yes, the Jets want established players to avoid a rebuild. But, with the value of first-round picks this year…
It’s a question worth asking.
But in the end, the story remains the same. The Panthers’ playoff performance directly influenced the CH’s plans…
– Great news.
The Quebecer will be the only CF Montreal representative 👌⚽️ https://t.co/sgKi0rxMQg
– TVA Sports (@TVASports) June 27, 2023
– The guys respect each other.
Connor Bedard on Matvei Michkov: “he’s a dynamic player; the way he can put the puck in the net and create plays – even what he did in the #KHL this year was special, I think record-breaking for his age… he’s got so many things to his game that make him great….”
– Priyanta Emrith (@HabsInHighHeels) June 27, 2023
– The CH’s first game of the 2023-2024 season will take place on October 11 in Toronto.