NHL Rumors: Canadiens Rejecting Good Offers For Josh Anderson

The Montreal Canadiens appear to really want to keep Josh Anderson as Pierre LeBrun revealed that the team was made an offer that they rejected for the forward. A first round pick was said to be offered, so it is going to take more than that to rip Anderson from the Canadiens.

Anderson has four more years left at $5.5 million AAV and it could be an opportunity for the Canadiens to get rid of what seems like a bad contract and an overpayment. The 28-year-old has an eight-team no-trade list, so it likely wouldn't get in the way of many potential trades. He is at the age where he should be in his prime, but his production has lacked a bit since coming to Montreal compared to his final full season with the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Anderson has just 14 goals and 17 points in 47 games and has been moved up and down the lineup. He did recently go on a three-game goal scoring streak and has been logging more minutes, but the Canadiens seem to really like him. They aren't yet at the point where they are able to compete and it could take a few more years. They appear to be willing to give Anderson that time to see if he can start producing at a higher and more consistent level. That or they are hoping for an even better trade offer. I don't think one is coming at the rate he is scoring and his cap hit/term.

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