NHL Rumors: Canadiens Continue To Turn Down Serious Trade Offers for Anderson

The Montreal Canadiens are getting offers, and good ones at that, for the services of Josh Anderson per Pierre LeBrun. They continue to decline them as it seems something will have to be too good to pass up in order to deal the power forward.

He was one of the players on the Canadiens that improved greatly after the coaching change that saw Martin St. Louis take over. He is thought of as a piece that the team can build around since he's in his prime and on a good contract for five more seasons. The expectation is that the team will be able to pull themselves out of a rebuild before then with the high draft picks they are set to have.

There aren't very many players like Anderson in the NHL, as he 6'3, 226 lbs and uses the size to perfection. In 388 games, he has 894 hits, 101 goals, and 171 points. He is more of a goal-scorer who uses his body on both sides of the puck and found great chemistry on the top line alongside Cole Caufield and Nick Suzuki.

Though trading away Anderson seems like it is going to fetch a very nice return that includes picks and prospects that could possibly help the Canadiens come out of their rebuild quicker. But they seem high on their player and would like to keep him around for a while.

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