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01 May 2021 16:39:01
Calgary trades:
Mikeal Backlund
2nd round pick

Montreal trades:
Tyler Toffoli

Both teams would be trading a player in a position of strength for a player to shore up the team where it's weakest.

Montreal's biggest problem is inexperience at center. Their centers aren't strong defensively and lose a lot of faceoffs too. Backlund gives them an experienced two way center who's very good defensively and strong on faceoffs.

Calgary's biggest problem is lack of top 6 scoring right shot RW. Toffoli provides that. Josh Anderson would work too.

Calgary adds a second because Backlund is older. The money is close enough with Toffoli making a bit less than Backlund and Anderson making a bit more.

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01 May 2021 17:54:04
Absolutely no from Habs
I don't expect Toffoli to score at this pace next season, however, I see 25 to 30 . he's on a really good contract. i'd rather see Poehling get another chance to be a good 2 way Center than trade away Toffoli.

Also, Anderson won't be available either. Players like him don't really come around much anymore.
The only way either of those guys get moved, is in some sort of a package to bring in a true difference maker. like an Eichel or something on those lines. ( which i don't see happening)

01 May 2021 18:26:20
Montreal doesn’t need another 2nd/ 3rd line center they have 3 of those already. they definitely are not going to trade their leading goals and points leader for another one.

01 May 2021 18:37:49
The hab should make a pitch for Gaudreau or Monahan! They need raw talent, they have less talents then the leafs.

01 May 2021 19:12:50
I like that idea Barrie. Gaudreau to Habs during the offseason makes perfect sense to me for both teams. I think somewhere around Poehling, a 1st and a future 2nd gets it done.

01 May 2021 19:15:26
As for this trade, it’s not even close. Since when do you trade your best player (at least who’s playing like it) for a role player. Montreal is going to be in win-now mode next year.

01 May 2021 20:12:31
I think Barrie is Montreal’s finnest he was very familiar with Barrie in the fantasy league and I think he decided to make this a burner account to troll on I’d bet money on it.

Also nice job completely destroying the Habs in this trade. Toffoli has been great and they already have a better 2 way centre in Danault. The Canadians laugh.

01 May 2021 20:35:45
“Less talents than the leafs” from an oilers fan, lol. Have you ever looked at your own profile Barrie? You’re obsessed with the leafs, even when the conversation is not about them. Remind me please what your previous username was.

01 May 2021 20:46:03

Ordinarily I'd agree with most of the responses here and your's especially. However this trade makes sense for a lot of reasons. Both teams would be trading from a position of strength to shore up their biggest weakness.

Calgary needs a right shot RW. Montreal with Gallagher, Anderson and Toffoli has an enviable surplus at RW Any of the 3 players would be in the top 6 on most teams and on the first line on many teams (including Calgary) .

Montreal has a couple very young inexperienced centers on the top two lines who aren't very good defensively and lose a lot of faceoffs. Calgary is pretty strong at center with Lindholm, Monahan and Backlund. They could really use a good two way center like Backlund who's strong defensively, very good on faceoffs and could cover those deficiencies for 2-3 years while the young guys gain experience.

I chose Toffoli because I really don't see Montreal moving Gallagher, their spark plug and best player for several years now. Considering they traded more than expected to get Anderson and then signed him to fairly big long term contract *before signing Toffoli to a short term value contract, it's obvious they valued Anderson quite a bit more than Toffoli (I think they still do now) .

Others mentioned Gaudreau or Monahan.

If it was up to me I'd trade Gaudreau straight up for any of Montreal's top 3 right wingers but I don't think Treliving would. I don't see Montreal being very interested in Gaudreau anyhow, especially not with him being a UFA after next year.

Monahan I'd keep unless I'm getting a good center back. If the center coming back is better I'd add, if Monahan is the better center, I'd want the other team to add (preferably a right shot RW) .

01 May 2021 20:53:38
I was thinking Barrie is FairTrade4All Nylander, but you might be right. Barrie and Balsam are the two biggest trolls on this site.

02 May 2021 05:59:52
Moxnix. I see your point, however if Montreal was going to trade one of those guys to improve the center position, I don't see Backlund being that guy they would want. he is in the wrong side of 30, I think Habby said it best, that Habs don't need another 2/ 3 line center. I personally see Backlund as a 3rd at this stage in his career.

I just don't see trading either Toffoli or Anderson to Calgary for Backlund as an improvement for Montreal . I see it as a step backwards. Sorry buddy. I got to disagree with ya in this one.

02 May 2021 09:07:56
I agree that Montreal needs a center but not Backlund. We need production. Someone who is a lock for 50-60+ point minimum.

02 May 2021 12:27:56
Huge no from Montreal

02 May 2021 16:16:43
MoxNix have you never watched the Canadians?

Nick Suzuki will be 1C next year

Jesperi Kotekneimi will be 2C he needs time to develop and imo next year will be a break out for him.

Philip Danault ( if resigned ) is a far better shutdown centre then Backlunf as 3C

Backlund would be a huge overkill at 4C especially when they have a young defensively competent 4C in Pohling.

02 May 2021 17:11:34
@Nylander Many times, have you ever watched the Flames?

Backlund is a solid 45-50 points every year (over a full year) playing as a shutdown center. He's a proven 2nd line center. This year with 27 points playing on the 3rd line he has more points than every center on the Canadians except Suzuki who has 6 more points playing on the first line.

Suziki may be a true 1C eventually but he isn't there yet. Kotkaniemi may be a true 2C eventually but he isn't there yet either.

Philip Danault is all right as 3C but he's not better than Backlund.

Poehling can't even make the Canadians in spite of how weak they are at center. He's older than both Suziki and Kotkaniemi too.

02 May 2021 19:25:58
Okay so even if Backlund is a slight upgrade on Danault which is certainly debatable but I’m sure habs fans will disagree ( I’m almost certain Danault has received selke votes last year) . Backlands not playing 1st line C over Suzuki, he’s not taking 2nd line minutes from a 21 year old player being groomed to be a 1c. Instead of giving there top goal scorer away for a 3C when they already have a top 5 3C in the game they can just resign Danault for free. I’m teaching you this cool thing called logic and you’re welcome for that.



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