There isn’t likely to be much more movement on the trade front in Laval in the coming days after Thursday’s trade but there are still some players that have a chance to be dealt.
Andrew Sturtz: 25% – The reason he’s listed here is the same one that brought him to Montreal in the first place – the 50-contract limit. If the Habs bring in someone for a pick or unsigned prospect, they’ll want to attach a low-end AHL player to balance the contracts. That’s Sturtz.
Keith Kinkaid: 20% – Try to contain your laughing for a moment. The Habs would undoubtedly like to move him but while his play in Laval won’t generate interest, they may be able to toss him into a trade where they take a higher-priced player back to offset some of the money.
Matthew Peca: 15% – He’s in a similar situation as the recently-traded Riley Barber and Phil Varone in terms of his demotion down the lineup but doesn’t have as long of a track record and his contract ($1.3 million) may scare some teams off. I think the likelier scenario to a trade is that he’s recalled to be the 13th/14th forward in Montreal down the stretch if the Habs move out some players.
Lukas Vejdemo: 15% – He’s going to be a tricky call as to whether or not they’ll tender him a qualifying offer this summer. If there’s a team out there that wants to take a closer look at him and is willing to part with a draft pick (or a prospect the Habs prefer), I could see him moving.
Ryan Poehling: 10% – His stock has taken a bit of a hit this season but he’s still certainly part of Montreal’s future plans. But if Marc Bergevin gets a significant offer for him, it’s not impossible that he moves but I wouldn’t count on him getting that offer.
Antoine Waked: 10% – It’s a similar situation to Sturtz. He won’t be qualified this summer and plays a minimal role with the Rocket. If Sturtz gets moved first (or the other team wants someone that isn’t injured), Waked’s the likeliest to fit the bill.
Less than 10% but not impossible that they move
Alexandre Alain: It’s not that the Habs wouldn’t move him but I don’t think there’s going to be much interest around the league as he’s a mediocre player that most teams have plenty of already.
Laurent Dauphin: He has a longer track record than Alain but it’s pretty much the same situation in terms of teams having similar players of their own. Plus, the Habs traded for him so they’re probably still evaluating him.
Charles Hudon: I wouldn’t be shocked if Hudon wanted to be moved to another organization that might give him an NHL look but with how important he has been to Laval and the Rocket trying to get back into the playoff hunt, it would be hard to justify dealing him.
Jacob Lucchini: I get the sense that his inclusion in Thursday’s trade was more to match contracts than being an actual trade target given his limited role with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. He brings more to the table than someone like Waked but if the Habs need to toss in a serviceable player to match contracts in a trade, Lucchini could be the one that goes.
Michael McNiven: Another player that’s a bit tricky on the qualifying offer front, his lack of playing time this season has likely torpedoed any real value he has. If there was a move to be made, it probably would have been done a few months ago unless injuries strike elsewhere in the next few days.
Michael Pezzetta: Two years into his professional career, he has yet to lock down a regular role with Laval, let alone an impact one. He’s well on his way to not being qualified next summer and they’d love to get out of the final year of his contract. Rather than move someone like Sturtz or Waked, Bergevin should be trying to peddle Pezzetta but the extra year makes a trade unlikely.
Gustav Olofsson: It hasn’t been a great year for him and he didn’t do much with Montreal either. He’s the type of player that a contender may want in case injuries strike in a big way but with the Habs having injuries of their own, Olofsson is more likely to stay now than he was at the beginning of the week.
Not Going Anywhere
(Due to role, contract, recent injuries, etc)