The New Jersey Devils had been linked to the Montreal Canadiens all summer, but it seems the Devils haven’t wavered on their interest in a certain Canadiens forward.
A well-placed NHL executive at the time believed the Devils to be interested in Anderson, but the Devils were not ready to move the 2nd overall pick for the power forward at the time. For such a deal to work, the source believed it would have to be a multi-asset deal.
With the draft now behind us, it appears that the Devils General Manager Tom Fitzgerald remains heavily interested in Anderson.
On the most recent episode of the Sick Podcast, Tony Marinaro wanted to drop a scoop regarding one of the Canadiens players that is in high demand these days and had this to say:
“One team that wants him badly, and I mean badly, because I’m sure there’s a couple of teams that would take him. The New Jersey Devils want Josh Anderson badly,” said Marinaro regarding the Devils’ continued interest in the Canadiens’ power forward. “Believe me when I tell you that.”
Now, whenever a team is interested a player, the return is always important. The Devils were not interested in giving up a 2nd overall pick in the 2022 NHL Draft for Anderson, but may be convinced to move a top youngster in a bigger package, according to Marinaro.
“They’re not trading Jack Hughes and they’re not trading Nico Hischier. I don’t know how much they’d be willing to give up, but they have some players that are not on this team right now. I’m talking about defenceman Luke Hughes, Simon Nemec, Alexander Holtz,” suggested Marinaro on a potential target for the Canadiens. “They want Josh Anderson badly, and it doesn’t mean you have to do a ‘one-vs-one’ deal. You can spice it up by throwing in other players or other picks, but I can tell you right now, based on what I’m hearing, that the Devils want Anderson badly.”
It remains to be seen if the Canadiens can be tempted to pull the trigger on an Anderson trade, as he is a vital piece of the team and a hard player to come by.
Never say never with Montreal Canadiens General Manager Kent Hughes.