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Montreal Canadiens GM Kent Hughes is ready to be a part of some big deals.
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Canadian Team Could Use Major cap space to Facilitate a Blockbuster Three-Team Trade

Published January 5, 2024 at 5:21 PM
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The Montreal Canadiens are no stranger to using their cap space to facilitate some big deals, and now, their ability to do so just got even greater.

A tough break for a Canadiens veteran



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On Thursday, the Canadiens announced that veteran forward Christian Dvorak will undergo surgery on a torn pectoral muscle, ending his 2023-24 season before it could even get going.


This is his second straight season missing a significant amount of time, and it's safe to say that Martin St. Louis, the Canadiens Head Coach will miss the 27-year old in his lineup.

«D-vo is a guy who does more than one thing. We need to replace that collectively.»

A silver lining from a very tough injury situation



While this is a tough break for the veteran forward, David Pagnotta of The Fourth Period has opened up on just how this could benefit the Canadiens and GM Kent Hughes at the trade deadline.

«The Montreal Canadiens, already active in the trade market with the likes of Jake Allen and David Savard available, announced this morning that forward Christian Dvorak will undergo surgery tomorrow on a torn pectoral muscle and will miss the rest of the season. That could potentially free up an extra $4.15M in extra LTIR cap pace, and we all know the Habs aren't against weaponizing their cap space as a third-party facilitator.»

With even more cap space, we've seen the Canadiens take on salary cap for assets before with the likes of Sean Monahan from Calgary, and with so many contenders looking to save space and add players ahead of the playoff race, this is the perfect time for Montreal to load up on even more assets.

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Canadian Team Could Use Major cap space to Facilitate a Blockbuster Three-Team Trade

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