The Montreal Canadiens lose another experienced superstar… 

Montreal Canadiens trade Nathan Legare to the New Jersey Devils for Arnaud Durandeau…

The Montreal Canadiens have traded Nathan Legare, a forward, to the New Jersey Devils in exchange for Arnaud Durandeau, another forward. Both players are ineligible to play in the NHL for the rest of the season due to the trade occurring after the NHL Trade Deadline.

Durandeau, aged 25 and hailing from Montreal, was drafted 165th overall by the New York Islanders in 2017. He was previously traded to the Devils from the Islanders in November, exchanging places with Tyce Thompson. Durandeau has limited NHL experience, with two penalty minutes in four games for the Islanders last season. In his fifth AHL season, he has accumulated 18 points in 38 games split between Bridgeport and Utica this year.

Similarly, Legare is from Montreal but never had the opportunity to play for the Canadiens. As a gritty depth forward, he has accumulated nine points in 39 games with Laval. Legare was drafted 74th overall by the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2019 and spent two seasons with their AHL affiliate before departing the organization last summer.

Both Durandeau and Legare are set to become restricted free agents (RFAs) this summer. Durandeau currently has a one-year deal worth $762,500, while Legare has a cap hit of $789,167 in the NHL.

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