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con­fu­sion comes in. Mon­treal has been of­fen­sively chal­lenged. Its main weak­nesses have been goal-scor­ing and size up front. Its weak­est po­si­tion has been cen­ter. It is trad­ing a player with good size who scored 30 goals in 2015-16 while play­ing cen­ter. In ex­change, the Habs re­ceive a smaller player who is ba­si­cally a winger who scored only five goals in 82 games when the op­po­si­tion had a goalie in the net. Ari­zona scored even less than Mon­treal. Its weak­est po­si­tion is also cen­ter. The Coy­otes trade their third-lead­ing scorer, a young player with en­ergy, in ex­change for a player who could not play cen­ter reg­u­larly for a weak of­fen­sive team. The re­al­ity is that nei­ther team ad­dressed its ma­jor needs by com­plet­ing this trade. Is it any won­der that fans are con­fused?

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