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LATEST | Andrei Kuzmenko headed to the Montreal Canadiens: Trade rumour gains traction and it's disastrous

Published December 29, 2023 at 5:43 PM
BY FELIP GOSSELIN
     
After Andrei Kuzmenko was made a healthy scratch on back-to-back outings, there was a growing belief that the Canucks were strongly considering parting ways with him. Signed at a $5.5M cap hit, the Canucks could use that money someplace other than the press box.

Since then, multiple trade proposals have emerged, one even more outrageous than the other. This rumour has been gaining traction and highlights how the Eastern market can get. The mediocrity of this trade for the Canucks highlights the fact that they'd better trust the process with their number 96 rather than dump him to the first team to knock on the door with an offer:



TO MONTREAL


- Andrei Kuzmenko
- Nils Hoglander
- 2024 3rd Round Draft Selection

TO VANCOUVER

- Sean Monahan
- Jonathan Kovacevic
- 2025 2nd Round Draft Selection



While Monahan would be a great addition to the Canucks' lineup, this return isn't enough for a 39 Goalscorer. Kovacevic is a practical, suitable, and useful-handed defenseman who could replace Tyler Myers at a much lower cap hit. However, to think that Hoglander and Kuzmenko would have to go the other way to make it happen is absurd.

It was known that before Kuzmenko signed with the Canucks as a free agent, the Canadiens were in the running to acquire his services. Meaning that there's a strong possibility that Montreal is on his No-Trade list.
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LATEST | Andrei Kuzmenko headed to the Montreal Canadiens: Trade rumour gains traction and it's disastrous

Is this a trade the Canucks should consider?

Absolutely not200781.6 %
Yes2359.5 %
With slight modifications yes2198.9 %
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