NHL Rumors: 3 Teams With Interest In Canadiens' Josh Anderson

As the Montreal Canadiens search for the best returns to trade a number of their forwards, Josh Anderson is someone who may be a little harder to move. The return may not be great, but there are a few teams who have shown interest in the power forward - Calgary Flames, Edmonton Oilers, and New Jersey Devils, per The Fourth Period.

It's no secret the biggest need for the Flames this season is an impactful winger. Anderson doesn't exactly fit the style that Martin St. Louis teaches in Montreal, and the Flames and Canadiens are no strangers when it comes to making trades. A number of their forwards have underperformed this season and their lineup has been constantly changing to find a spark. Anderson is under contract for four more seasons at a cap hit of $5.5 million AAV. It's not ideal considering his production, but he is the type of player Darryl Sutter could get the most out of.

The Oilers have gotten little production from any of their forwards outside of the top five, and Evander Kane is on the shelf for a while. A few of the forwards have been disappointing, most notably Jesse Puljujarvi. The interest coming from Edmonton is surely to find that secondary scoring and physicality that they're missing. The Oilers are right up against the cap and it would be difficult to work a trade out.

The Devils have finally turned a corner after a longer rebuild, but the team scoring has been excellent. They have a smaller, less physical, speedy team, and could definitely be in on Anderson to help make up for the lack of size. The Devils will have a significant amount of cap space and roster spots freed up with upcoming UFAs like Miles Wood, Erik Haula, and Andreas Johnsson likely not returning. The team also has Thomas Tatar on the last year of his deal. The Devils may continue to show interest if they don't intend on bringing back any of their forwards on expiring contracts.

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