It has been more than a week since Victor Mete’s agent went public with the Montreal Canadiens defenceman’s trade request.
Besides suiting up for two of Montreal’s wins over Vancouver at the beginning of February, the 22-year-old has been a healthy scratch this season after falling to seventh on Montreal’s defensive depth chart when standout rookie Alexander Romanov earned a spot in the lineup out of camp.
The fourth-round pick from 2016 hasn’t been placed on waivers, though, because the team doesn’t want to run the risk of another team scooping him up. This has led to a somewhat uncomfortable position for general manager Marc Bergevin, who was reportedly “furious” about the trade request being made public.
Mete has played 171 games since debuting with Montreal in 2017. He’s a pending restricted free agent whose current salary cap hit is $735,000. With that in mind, here are six teams we feel could show interest in Mete.
Detroit Red Wings
A rebuilding Red Wings team could be an ideal place for Mete to land. Filip Hronek is currently the only defenceman on the active roster under age 26, so some added youth and speed would benefit the team and Mete would undoubtedly help in those areas.
Cap space is a non-issue for GM Steve Yzerman. In fact, the surplus of it could make Detroit an even more desirable trade partner for teams facing any type of cap crunch. The Detroit roster has 11 NHL contracts set to expire following the season which could potentially free up more than $25 million in space. The Red Wings also have some draft capital with three 2021 second-round picks and two 2021 third-rounders with which to work.