Canadiens Rumors: Montreal To Try & Re-Sign 2 Players

According to Elliotte Friedman, the Montreal Canadiens are prioritizing the future of their young stars, notably Juraj Slafkovsky and Kaiden Guhle.

The team is reportedly looking to secure extensions for both players, recognizing their critical roles in the team's long-term strategy.

Slafkovsky, having already made significant impacts, and Guhle, who is also emerging as a key player, are seen as foundational pieces for the Canadiens.

Slafkovsky, the first overall selection in the 2022 NHL Entry Draft, had a quiet first NHL season, recording four goals and six assists for 10 total points over 39 games played.

However, he came back very strong this past season, putting up an impressive 20 goals and 30 assists for 50 total points while playing all 82 games, silencing the critics who had begun to claim he was a "draft bust."

Guhle also made his NHL debut last season, recording four goals, 18 total points, a -19 plus/minus rating, and 77 blocked shots over 44 games played.

The 22-year-old was drafted 16th overall in the 2020 NHL Entry Draft.

This past season, the 6-foot-2 defenseman appeared in 70 games, recording six goals, 22 total points, a -8 plus/minus rating, 178 blocked shots, and 116 hits.

This move is part of a broader strategy to solidify their roster with promising young talent, ensuring they remain competitive in the upcoming seasons. The organization appears focused on nurturing their core group, aiming for consistency and growth in performance as they look to return to the post-season. Photo Credit: Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports