It is no secret that many teams around the league are trying to tank this season in order to land Connor Bedard, a potential generational talent. One of those teams that is among the favorites to land Bedard is the Montreal Canadiens, who are in dire need of game-changing talent. However, the Canadiens team is it is right now is too good, and would win too many games, so it would be best for them to trade away their valuable players. This is what the Montreal Canadiens need to better their chances at landing Connor Bedard.
At the Trade Deadline, Montreal makes a few trades
Montreal Canadiens trade Christian Dvorak, Mike Hoffman, and Josh Anderson to the Dallas Stars for Denis Gurianov, Ty Dellandrea, 1st round pick '24.
This is a massive haul to get in return for three good players, who will instantly make the Dallas Stars better, while Montreal gets younger and are in better shape for the future.
The Canadiens also trade Brendan Gallagher and Joel Edmundson to the New York Rangers for Zachary Jones, Sammy Blais, 1st round pick '23. Montreal retains 2 million of Brendan Gallagher's contract.
The Canadiens get a decent return for Brendan Gallagher, considering he has a less-than-desirable contract.
Jonathan Drouin is traded to the LA Kings for Brendan Lemieux and a 2023 2nd-round pick.
LA Kings add a talented player with playoff experience to helpout their very young team, while the Canadiens finally get to put an end to the Jonathan Drouin era.
Jake Allen and Joel Armia are traded to the Vegas Golden Knights for Laurent Brossoit, 2024 2nd round pick.
The Golden Knights need better goaltending and better depth at RW, so they improve their team instantly with this trade, while Montreal gets a backup and draft pick in exchange, moreover, they greater their chance of landing Bedard without good goaltending.
This is how the lineup looks like after the trades
IR: C.Price, P.Byron
The Montreal Canadiens traded away almost all of their veteran players, and in doing so have put themselves in a very good position to land Connor Bedard.