Canadian: Alexander Romanov leaves, Kirby Dach comes to Montreal

Canadian: Alexander Romanov leaves, Kirby Dach comes to Montreal ;al


MONTREAL | Kent Hughes had hidden his game on the identity of the first class in the draft, but he had also hidden another card up his sleeve. Even two big cards.  

In his first draft as general manager of the Canadiens, Hughes completed two trades. The former player agent first danced with NHL GM godfather Lou Lamoriello. 

The CH traded defender Alexander Romanov and a 4th round pick (98th overall) to the New York Islanders for a first round pick (13th). 

Immediately after this trade with the Islanders , the Habs traded the 13th pick of the initial round and a 3rd round pick (66th) to the Chicago Blackhawks to acquire center Kirby Dach. 

A big hope

There is an old principle in the world of sport. To get a good player, you have to give a good player. Hughes sacrificed Romanov, but he added a bright prospect in Dach, the third overall pick in the 2019 draft. of Kaapo Kakko with the Rangers. 

In a single day, the CH changed its face on the attack with the arrival of two very imposing attackers in Juraj Slafkovsky (6 ft 4 in and 229 lbs) and Dach (6'4″, 197 lbs). 

The 21-year-old Dach never had time to take flight in Chicago. In his third season last year, the Albertan had 26 points (9 goals, 17 assists) in 70 games. 

Since his NHL debut, Dach has spent a lot of time playing the infirmary. In 2020-2021, he had played only 19 of 56 games due to a broken right wrist. 

In Montreal, Dach should play the role of second center after Nick Suzuki. Like Romanov, however, he will need to sign a new contract before the next season.