NHL Rumors: Canadiens & Oilers Talking Trade?

Recent NHL trade rumors have prominently linked the Montreal Canadiens and the Edmonton Oilers in discussions of a potential blockbuster deal that could be mutually beneficial for both teams.

While these rumors remain speculative, they underscore the intriguing possibilities for these two franchises.

In this rumored trade scenario, the Canadiens would reportedly send Brendan Gallagher (with 25% of his salary retained), Cayden Primeau, and Mattias Norlinder to the Oilers, according to Rob Ellis.

In return, the Oilers would trade Jack Campbell, Xavier Bourgault, and a 2025 first-round draft pick.

For the Oilers, this trade offers a strategic move to offload Jack Campbell's contract, which has been perceived as a financial burden, while adding a gritty player like Brendan Gallagher to boost their playoff aspirations.

Campbell is starting to turn it around in the AHL, currently holding a .904 SV% with one shutout across 15 games played.

Additionally, acquiring prospects like Cayden Primeau and Mattias Norlinder addresses needs in the goaltending and defensive departments.

For the Canadiens, taking on Campbell's contract could provide them with valuable options and leverage in the trade market.

Acquiring young talents like Xavier Bourgault and a 2025 first-round pick aligns with their rebuilding phase, and shedding Gallagher's contract grants them greater financial flexibility for future transactions.

Over 97 games in the AHL, Bourgault has amassed 18 goals and 48 total points. He was the Oilers first-round pick (22nd overall) in the 2021 NHL Entry Draft.

Though these trade rumors are speculative, they highlight the potential for both teams to address their respective needs and long-term goals through a significant trade. Photo Credit: Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports