Canadiens Interested In Oilers Prospect In A Potential Goalie Trade

The Montreal Canadiens seem to have their eyes on someone in the Edmonton Oilers' organization while the Oilers are in need of goaltending help. The Canadiens are one of the only teams in the NHL carrying three goalies on their roster, Jake Allen, Sam Montembeault, and Cayden Primeau.

While the Oilers are actively looking for help in net after sending Jack Campbell to the minors, the Canadiens might be a place the Oilers look to. Allen was told that he wouldn't be traded this season, or before the season to be precise. This doesn't mean a better opportunity hasn't presented itself now.

Allen might not work money-wise if Campbell isn't moved the other way or to another team. The Canadiens are still rebuilding and have money, so it's not like taking on Campbell's contract would hurt them. If the Oilers could get a goalie and get rid of Campbell's in the same move, I think the prospect on the Canadiens' radar is definitely in play. This prospect is Xavier Bourgault. He is in his second season on the Bakersfield Condors, and could very well see NHL action by next season.

Other options that would more fit into the salary structure of the Oilers are Montembeault and Primeau. I don't believe Primeau is an option due to his lack of experience, but Montembeault proved to be a solid goalie last season and is only under contract for the remainder of this season at $1 million AAV. I only think that Bourgault will be in play if Campbell has to be moved out. The Oilers should not move a first round pick that is playing well without real cause of benefit.

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