NHL Trade Rumors: Canadiens Will Try to Move Josh Anderson

The Montreal Canadiens will be looking to make some changes this offseason as they have a couple of first round picks, and some veterans on their roster who are in dyer need of a change of scenery. Perhaps nobody more than right-winger Josh Anderson.

Anderson has three seasons left on his contract at $5.5 million AAV and does hold a modified no-trade clause that goes down to just five teams this summer. Opening up a bit more flexibility for Habs GM KEnt Hughes. Montreal only has just over $9 million in cap space to work with this summer and several holes to fill, so creating some more financial flexibility is top of mind for Hughes.

Anderson has only scored eight goals and collected 18 points in 71 games this season and looks like a shell of his former self. There's no doubt the Canadiens will have to sweeten the pot if they are going to want to move Anderson and retain minimal on what's left on his contract. 

Anderson's defensive woes have been well documented this season and there's even some in Montreal who feel Juraj Slafkovsky has excelled because he's played less with Anderson this season. It's getting bad to ugly and there's no doubt Hughes is going to see what the market looks like at the NHL Entry Draft. Trades are coming from the Canadiens and expect to see their GM do whatever he can to ensure Anderson is involved, one way or another.

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