If the Habs traded Carey Price, 3 trades worth considering

This has been one of the weirdest weeks I can remember. From countries being locked down to realizing what life is like with sports, it's interesting times to say the least. Without hockey I've been pondering what the playoff format may look like and I've even amp'd myself up with coming to terms the NHL season could be cancelled. We've spent some of this week fantasizing a Connor McDavid trade, a John Tavares trade, and today we shift our focus to Habs goaltender, Carey Price.

While everyone and their mother knows the Habs and Avalanche talked about Price this season, nothing finalized. It's obvious 'if' Price was to be dealt, the Habs would potentially have to eat some of his monster contract. $10.5 million for the next 6 seasons is a lot for a club to bring on, so for argument's sake, and because I am creating these from scratch, let's say the Habs ate $2 million of the AAV.

If the Montreal Canadiens traded Carey Price, these 3 deals may be worth considering:

1. San Jose Sharks for Martin Jones, Tomas Hertl, and a 2nd round pick. The deal gives the Sharks a blue chip goalie to re-tool their team around and allows for them to keep Logan Couture and Timo Meier. For the Habs, they receive Martin Jones at almost half the price, and Hertl, who is only 26 and coming off a 35 goal season. One deal down that Habs fans will hate, here's 2 more...

2. Vancouver Canucks for Thatcher Demko, Bo Horvat and Troy Stetcher. This deal immediately gives the Habs some cap space to work with and a true #1 center in Horvat. Demko would provide the team with some saves and is just 24 years old, meanwhile, Stetcher brings some stability to their d-core from the right side. Trading the captain is always unlikely, however, Price has a full-movement clause and one team he would consider would be the Canucks, which both GM's know. If I was Bergevin, there's no chance I make this deal unless Horvat is the big piece coming back.

3. Colorado Avalanche for Philipp Grubauer, Ryan Graves, Tyson Jost, and J.T Compher. This deal is about quantity and not necessarily quality for the Habs. Graves has come out of no where on defense for the Avs, with 26 points and a +40 this season. Jost is a former top-pick with top-line potential and Compher can play in the top-9 and has a great contract of $3.33 AAV for the next 3 seasons. Relive some demons anyone?

Let's turn back the clock to 1995. Not only did the Habs trade Patrick Roy, they traded their captain, Mike Keane in the infamous deal. The Canadiens received goalie, Jocelyn Thibault, forwards Martin Rucinsky and Andrei Kovalenko. One of the most lopsided trades in sports history.

You can bet your bottom dollar the Habs ownership group doesn't want to make that mistake again. And if you like to gamble, keep an eye on the Habs next season, and if they struggle out of the gate, sprinkle a little bet on their goaltender getting dealt. It will all come down to if the Price is right....sorry, that was too easy.

Be safe, be kind, and check back soon to ponder some more crazy deals.

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