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With the addition of Cutter Gauthier to the Ducks, Trevor Zegras finds himself (despite himself) at the heart of certain rumours. Darren Dreger mentioned that some teams have suggested to him that the American “could be available” if Pat Verbeek wants to dance with another team…
And that’s got fans and experts wondering if his future lies in Anaheim, because the Ducks really do have a fine offensive arsenal.
Certainly, in Montreal, the idea of trading for the services of a forward brimming with confidence is making both happy and unhappy. Zegras isn’t a player everyone agrees with, because he’s creative on the ice and doesn’t hesitate to play the game in a different way.
He doesn’t play the game within the game, if you know what I mean. Hehe.
Marco D’Amico was on Max Van Houtte’s show today on BPM Sports and the discussion between the two guys got really, really interesting when they started talking about the possibility of trading for Zegras.
The Montreal Hockey Now writer put himself in Kent Hughes’ shoes for a few seconds… And he suggested including Kaiden Guhle in a potential deal for the Ducks ‘ forward :
For me, Kaiden Guhle would, in my world, be available for such a deal. – Marco D’Amico
I really like the following explanation by Marco D’Amico.
He argues that the Habs should have a pick between 10th and 12th in the next draft… And that the 2024 draft is full of talented left-handed defensemen.
You can find a defenseman of Kaiden Guhle’s calibre in that rangein this draft. You won’t find a player like Trevor Zegras. – Marco D’Amico
I really don’t hate the idea. And it’s ironic, but colleague Charles-Alexis Brisebois wondered before the season whether a Zegras vs Guhle deal made sense:
Kaiden Guhle is a huge piece of the Habs’ defensive brigade and there’s no doubt about it.
Having said that, we’re also talking about a young defenseman with a fairly extensive injury history.
Kent Hughes makes no secret of it. He’s looking to add some offensive punch to his line-up, and Zegras fits the bill.
The Habs have some good young left-handed defensemen in Arber Xhekaj, Lane Hutson, Jordan Harris, Jayden Struble, Adam Engström (and Guhle, of course)… And we know that one of these guys will have to be sacrificed at some point to make room.
Does it make sense for it to be Guhle, given his proven track record and the fact that he’s already one of the Habs’ best defenders? Your guess is as good as mine on that one.
That said, if there’s a deal… Kent Hughes will have to make sure it’s to move his club forward. And right now, if you take Kaiden Guhle out of the lineup… That’s already a step backwards in my eyes.
– If it works!
– RDS (@RDSca) January 9, 2024
– Nice temperature…
an umbrella wouldn’t have gone amiss
– Montreal Canadiens (@CanadiensMTL) January 9, 2024
– Of note:
For what it’s worth, Raphael-Harvey Pinard did travel with the Canadiens to Philadelphia. Though Martin St. Louis told reporters earlier today his only change for tomorrow’s lineup is Primeau. Habs will hold a full morning skate, so we’ll see what develops after.
– Eric Engels (@EricEngels) January 9, 2024
– Can’t wait to see it.
What’s the new Montreal CF coach’s vision? In an interview with Retour des sportifs, Laurent Courtois says he’s excited about his new challenge and the direction the club is taking!
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