Montreal Canadiens general manager Kent Hughes is expected to move one or two veterans to free up some much-needed salary-cap space for 2022-23. Much of the recent speculation has focused on moving the contract of sidelined defenseman Shea Weber or shopping active players such as Jeff Petry, Christian Dvorak and Mike Hoffman.
Josh Anderson, meanwhile, is also garnering attention as a trade candidate. The 28-year-old winger appeared on Daily Faceoff's list of potential off-season trade targets. Montreal Hockey Now's Marco D'Amico cited Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman's telling Oilers Now host Bob Stauffer that he considers Anderson a hot commodity in the trade market.
Cap Friendly shows Anderson carries a $5.5 million annual average cap hit through 2026-27 with an eight-team no-trade list. D'Amico cited an NHL executive saying the Canadiens haven't mentioned Anderson in trade talks but could listen if anyone is willing to meet their high asking price.
Stauffer suggested acquiring Anderson as an option for the Oilers if they fail to re-sign Evander Kane. Friedman, however, doubted they could pull it off as they lack sufficient draft picks to use as bargaining chips.
NYI Hockey Now's Stefen Rosner believes the Islanders could use a scoring winger like Anderson. He suggested offering up their 2022 first-round pick (13th overall) or perhaps Quebec native Anthony Beauvillier in return for Anderson.
Hughes may be getting calls for Anderson but that doesn't mean he'll move him. If he does, we can determine his asking price by what he got for shipping out Tyler Toffoli, Ben Chiarot, Artturi Lehkonen and Brett Kulak before the trade deadline. He'll likely want a good young NHL player, a quality prospect and draft picks in return.