Marc Bergevin Working the Phones – Five Trade Scenarios

Stanley Cup Semi-finals and we’re talking about the Habs. Rumours swirling, Canadiens’ GM Marc Bergevin is working behind the scene, working at improving his team for next season, which will be coming soon enough. Having already acquired a backup goalie, Bergevin is apparently working the phones to find a partner or two to dance with towards a trade. After all, it does take two to tango. Will he be successful? Who will it be? And when? What will be the price to pay? There are way more questions than there are answers.

Since we have just explored the Canadiens’ potential targets through the UFA market, let’s focus on the trade front this time around. Gifted with a pretty vivid imagination, I have come up with a few trade ideas that I’d like to share with you. The focus is not to see if the trade as stipulated is fair or not as players, picks and/or prospects can be added on one side or the other to make it fair. I’d rather we focussed on the key players involved in the deal. I have tried to address needs for both teams but I could obviously be off on what I perceive the other teams’ needs might be. And yes, it would be exciting if the Habs managed to get their hands on Patrik Laine but that’s a pipe dream, in my humble opinion.

OPTION Oilers/Wild

One trade is hard enough to complete, but I’ve come up with two in this option. This trade proposal is going on the idea that the Edmonton Oilers have a big asset not bringing them the help they need in order to take the next step. Jesse Puljujärvi won’t return to the Oilers. He’s made that crystal clear.

We’ve already analysed why he would be a good fit in Montreal but we didn’t go as far as seeing what could potentially go the other way. How about one of the Canadiens’ top prospects? Ryan Poehling. He had a hiccup by not showing up to camp in good shape and the organisation, Claude Julien in particular, taught him a hard lesson by not playing him in this COVID Cup. His future is still very promising and he would bring some grit to the Oilers with flexibility at centre. Ryan is 21 years old, Jesse is 22.

Ryan Poehling↔️Jesse Puljujärvi

I could be totally off on that but I think that the days of Max Domi in Montreal are counted. In order to maximize (no pun intended) his return, we should look towards Minnesota, who need centres. Domi and something like a 2nd round pick for Jonas Brodin and Jordan Greenway would seem to address some needs on both sides. Brodin has one year left to his contract, which would help bridge for the development of Alexander Romanov, like Jake Allen will do for Cayden Primeau.

Max Domi
2nd round pick
*Conditional 3rd in 2021
↔️Jonas Brodin
Jordan Greenway
* Conditional to Brodin re-signing with the Habs

Tatar – Danault – Gallagher
Drouin – Suzuki – Armia
Lehkonen – Kotkaniemi – Puljujärvi
Byron – Evans – Greenway

Brodin – Weber
Chiarot – Petry
Romanov – Fleury/Juulsen

OPTION Canucks

We’ve touched on it recently, the Canucks need to shed some salary. Trade Max Domi to Vancouver for Brock Boeser as centerpieces. Add something else from Montreal to get Jake Virtanen as well. I’m thinking of BC native Noah Juulsen and a pick perhaps.

Max Domi
Noah Juulsen
Pick/Prospect
↔️Brock Boeser
Jake Virtanen

Tatar – Danault – Gallagher
Drouin – Suzuki – Boeser
Lehkonen – Kotkaniemi – Virtanen
Byron – Evans – Armia

Chiarot – Weber
Kulak/Mete – Petry
Romanov – Fleury

OPTION Blue Jackets

Trade Max Domi and a pick or B level prospect for Josh Anderson and Boone Jenner, two very physical forwards. One is a top-6, the other one a bottom-six player.

Max Domi
Charles Hudon
7th round pick
↔️Josh Anderson
Boone Jenner

Tatar – Danault – Gallagher
Drouin – Suzuki – Anderson
Lehkonen – Kotkaniemi – Armia
Jenner – Evans – Byron

Chiarot – Weber
Kulak/Mete – Petry
Romanov – Fleury

OPTION Red Wings

We’ve suggested that lately but trade Max Domi for Anthony Mantha and Evgeny Svechnikov. Dylan Larkin is the Red Wings’ number one centre so adding Domi would automatically make him the team’s top centre. You may not know Svechnikov very well but he was scoring well in the KHL but is struggling to adapt to the NHL. He’s a 23 year-old physical right winger.

Max Domi↔️Anthony Mantha
Evgeny Svechnikov

Tatar – Danault – Gallagher
Drouin – Suzuki – Mantha
Lehkonen – Kotkaniemi – Armia
Byron – Evans – Svechnikov

Chiarot – Weber
Kulak/Mete – Petry
Romanov – Fleury

OPTION Avalanche

Remember Marc Bergevin’s trip to Colorado at trade deadline? To visit his daughter in College, Joe Sakic said. Yeah right! At the busiest time of the year, and bring uncle Scott Mellanby? Trade Max Domi, Paul Byron and a 2nd for André Burakovsky and AJ Greer.

Max Domi
Paul Byron
2nd round pick
↔️André Burakovsky
AJ Greer

Tatar – Danault – Gallagher
Drouin – Suzuki – Burakovsky
Lehkonen – Kotkaniemi – Armia
Vejdemo – Evans – Greer

Chiarot – Weber
Kulak/Mete – Petry
Romanov – Fleury

Expect the unexpected

Phillip Danault

Elliotte Friedman placed him in trade rumours recently but I personally don’t like the idea of trading Phillip Danault. For one, he’s a local product who thrives playing in Montreal. You can’t find these guys everywhere. Secondly, he is one of the league’s best two-way players and has received nominations for the Selke trophy the last couple of years. Last but not least, he has chemistry with a few current Habs. But if we must, there is always the possibility of keeping Domi and trading Danault, especially if his contract demands are out of what Bergevin is willing to pay for his (future) third line centre.

I made up five ideas but there are obviously multiple possibilities, with some of the players I have included or others that aren’t on this list. Bergevin has said it before and he’s done it several times. Expect the unexpected. The players mentioned above are somewhat already out there in rumours or hockey talks. Who predicted that Allen would be Carey Price‘s backup next year? Almost nobody.

Bergevin could very well pull another rabbit out of his hat, one that we didn’t see coming. Considering his history of major trades since his arrival at the helm of the Canadiens, everything is possible. After all, he did make P.K. Subban disappear. Go Habs Go!

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