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Ever since the Montreal Canadiens dealt away playoff hero Jaroslav Halak to St. Louis before the draft many Habs fans have been nervous over the status of their goaltending for next season, failing to express the same confidence in goaltender Carey Price as team management.
The latest from “Eklund” of Hockeybuzz is likely to set tongues a-wagging in Habs Nation, as he claims “a VERY reliable source” told him the Canadiens might consider swapping number one goalies with another team.
The rumor comes from a VERY reliable source and states the Habs would move Carey Price to another team for their #1 + a top six forward. And while I have not been told the names by my source “on the record” I do believe this is a trade Habs fans could wrap their hands around…if it is to occur…
Allow me to be among the first to offer up the opinion that it “isn’t” to occur.
Yes, I know all about the supposed contract “impasse” between Price and the Canadiens, but based on what I’ve heard coming out of Montreal the expectation is Price will be re-signed prior to the start of training camp.
If Price were to stage a holdout (a really dumb idea on his part as he has no leverage) that’s not going to prompt Habs management into moving him.
Even if the Canadiens were inclined to swap number one goalies with another team, they certainly won’t get a top six forward as part of the return given their limited cap space for next season.
Like it or not but the Canadiens front office still believes Price will be a goaltending superstar in this league and they’ll be sticking with him as their starter for next season…for better or worse.
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