Rejoint: juill. 2021
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I think this is a good trade for both teams, especially Montreal. For Calgary, this trade made it possible for them to sign Kadri, so they effectively get Kadri for one year of Monahan and a 1st-round pick three years out that is probably not going to be in the top 10. I’ll save my opinion on the Kadri signing for that forum, but that seems like a good return.
For Montreal, I suspect this is mostly about trading their newfound cap space for futures. I think a 1st-round pick is a fair return for a cap dump of that size. Some people have compared this to the Marleau trade of a few years ago, but Marleau had a no-move clause that he agreed to waive only on the condition that he be bought out. He wasn’t going to play for Carolina. Monahan can’t be bought out, but he could be a useful player for Montreal. They seem pretty deep at center now, but I guess somebody could move to the wing, and Monahan is still young enough that he could bounce back with the change of scenery, so that’s a potential up-side for Montreal that Carolina didn’t have with Marleau.