If the Montreal Canadiens have truly been considering moving winger Josh Anderson on the NHL trade market, they may be reconsidering now after his last two games. In fact, they may want to even start asking themselves if Anderson should be wearing the C as the next captain of the Montreal Canadiens?
If longtime Habs winger Brendan Gallagher isn’t with the team next season, there is speculation that Nick Suzuki would become the next captain. There’s also the chance that they wait on giving Suzuki the C and potentially giving it to another long-standing veteran and dressing room favorite Paul Byron. What about Anderson though?
If Sportsnet Insider Elliotte Friedman is correct, Anderson may not even be around when the Canadiens’ new hockey ops regime and coaching staff choose a new captain. On Monday’s Jeff Marek Show, Friedman wondered aloud if the new hockey ops regime led by executive vice president Jeff Gorton and new general manager Kent Hughes are entertaining the inquiries they’ve been getting on Anderson’s availability on the NHL trade market?
“I think Montreal is going to have a lot of people out there, and everybody knows that Montreal has a lot of people out there. The interesting one is going to be one of our Hometown Hockey feature guys from tonight. There’s a Josh Anderson piece airing, I believe, and I think he’s going to be an interesting one. I’m very curious to see how the Canadiens feel about him and what his role is in their future,” Friedman told Marek.
Marek then asked whether a potential Anderson trade could happen before the NHL trade deadline or in the offseason?
“Both. Both. I think there’s interest in him. I get kind of mixed reactions on what Montreal is thinking there. Does he stay or no?” Friedman replied.