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Major trade takes place in the NHL on Thursday January 11th


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January 11, 2024  (11:58 PM)
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The Montreal Canadiens have made a move, acquiring forward prospect Filip Cederqvist from the Buffalo Sabres in exchange for future considerations. This transaction comes as Cederqvist, a fifth-round pick in the 2019 NHL Draft, is set to return to Sweden at the end of the 2023-24 campaign.

Cederqvist, 23, previously showcased his potential with Djurgårdens IF in the Swedish Hockey League, where he posted 14 goals and 32 points in 49 games during the 2021-22 season. However, his transition to North America with AHL Rochester has been less impressive, managing nine goals and 20 points in 55 games last season and just one goal and three assists in 19 games this season.
With the Sabres having a surplus of forward prospects and Cederqvist struggling in the AHL, the trade to Montreal presents an opportunity for the young forward to reset and regain confidence in a new environment. Standing at 6-foot-3, Cederqvist is versatile, capable of playing both left wing and center.
For the Canadiens, this move represents a low-risk investment. Cederqvist is in the final season of his two-year, entry-level contract, providing flexibility for Montreal. If he doesn't pan out, the Canadiens can part ways with him at the end of the season without any long-term commitment. This acquisition aims to bolster the roster of AHL Laval, addressing the team's needs amidst multiple long-term injuries.
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Major trade takes place in the NHL on Thursday January 11th

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