Trevor Zegras Speaks On Montreal Canadiens Trade Rumors Surrounding Him

Amidst the trials of the 2023-24 NHL season, Trevor Zegras faced not only physical setbacks but also the relentless whirlwind of trade rumors that enveloped him.

Battling through injuries like a persistent groin issue and a broken ankle, Zegras found himself at the epicenter of speculation, particularly concerning links to the Montreal Canadiens.

Maintaining a composed demeanor, he candidly acknowledged the difficulty of avoiding such chatter, admitting it had somewhat dimmed his enjoyment of social media, according to Eric Stephens.

“You see it,” Zegras said. “It’s hard not to see. Definitely sucks. I think you can always control what you can control. When there are certain teams that there are rumors to, obviously it goes in a different direction so to speak.”

In the face of swirling speculation, Zegras exhibited an impressive maturity, opting for candor and pragmatism over conjecture.

Over just 31 games played this season, the 23-year-old recorded six goals and nine assists for 15 total points.

Reflecting on his commitment to his current team, he emphasized the importance of staying grounded in his game amidst the unpredictable nature of NHL dynamics.

“Obviously, it’s very exciting,” Zegras said when asked if he thought he'd be around in September when training camp starts. “All these guys are great hockey players. I feel like they’re all around that age, 20 to 24. Nineteen, some of them. If my role is to be a leader and help, try and work on that. If my role is to pass the puck to Leo and let him do his thing, that’s the role I’ll play.”

Over his four-year career, Zegras has amassed 55 goals and 99 assists for 154 total points across 211 games played.

Ducks' General Manager Pat Verbeek has emphasized that he is not shopping Zegras, but we'll wait and see if any of the persistant trade rumors come to fruition this summer.

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