Trade completed between the Blackhawks and Canadiens

Published November 27, 2023 at 11:33

The trade involving Kirby Dach to the Montreal Canadiens during the 2022 NHL draft has left many people puzzled, prompting questions about the rationale behind moving him in the first place. It is highly uncommon to witness a player, drafted third overall in the 2019 entry draft, being traded after only 152 games with the Blackhawks.

Evidence suggests that a trade was inevitable, as revealed in a recent interview with BPM Sports where Renaud Lavoie explained that the relationship between Dach and the Blackhawks was less than ideal.

"There's one thing I can tell you: The relationship between Kirby Dach and the Blackhawks wasn't extraordinary. And I'm not talking about his teammates; there was no problem there." - Renaud Lavoie

With the Blackhawks keen on rebuilding their roster at the time and Dach struggling in the faceoff circle with no signs of improvement in his game, the trade seemed imminent.

Following a successful season with the Canadiens, their team management anticipated Dach reaching new heights in the upcoming season. Unfortunately, his season was cut short on October 14th after a significant hit from Jarred Tinordi along the boards near the Chicago bench resulted in knee damage, requiring season-ending surgery.

However, there is optimism regarding Dach's recovery as he is expected to make a full recovery and be ready for the next season.

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