What would a hypothetical trade for Trevor Zegras look like for the Canadiens?

The Montreal Canadiens may not acquire long-term talent from outside the organization this year, but a trade for Trevor Zegras would be an outlier.
Dec 15, 2022; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; Anaheim Ducks center Trevor Zegras (11) plays the puck against
Dec 15, 2022; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; Anaheim Ducks center Trevor Zegras (11) plays the puck against / David Kirouac-USA TODAY Sports
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If there is one talented youngster who could find himself on the move in 2024, it’s Trevor Zegras, and the Montreal Canadiens would be a more than realistic destination. Zegras has some familiarity with one of the Habs star players in Cole Caufield, and that fact alone would make this a logical trade, even if it would spell some potential downsides. 

But what would a potential trade package for Trevor Zegras look like if general manager Kent Hughes were to try and find a way to bring him to Montreal? In short, Zegras wouldn’t come cheap, so before anything else, let’s talk about why trading for Zegras would be a good idea and what his role may look like with the Habs - an alternative to one lining up alongside Caufield - before talking about the ultimate trade package. 

Why trade for Trevor Zegras?

Trading for Trevor Zegras would be one of the few potential blockbuster acquisitions that would make sense for the Canadiens, and it goes beyond the connection with Cole Caufield. Montreal is one team looking for as many franchise cornerstones as they can get, and Zegras has the talent to produce numbers similar to what we have seen from young players like Nick Suzuki, Juraj Slafkovsky, and Caufield. 

He will also be entering his age-24 season, so Zegras’ age fits what the Canadiens would be looking for. While their cap space looks like a concern to take on the 23-year-old’s $5.75 million AAV, the trade package presented in this piece would free up enough room to bring the versatile forward to town. 

Zegras would also be looking for a larger contract when he becomes eligible to sign an extension following the 2024-25 season. So he wouldn’t just have a fresh start for a team that would be a good fit but also a reason to show off a heightened sense of urgency.