The 26-year-old right-winger was only able to play 26 games in the 2019-20 regular season, posting just four points before sustaining a season-ending shoulder injury. He missed the Blue Jackets’ post-season run as he recovered from surgery to repair the issue. He’s now been out of action for nearly 10 months since his last NHL game.
The previous season was a much more productive one for him, with a career-high 27 goals and 47 points. He sported a career shooting percentage of 11.5% at the conclusion of that campaign, and that’s the type of performance Marc Bergevin is gambling on for his club heading into the new year.
Anderson is a restricted free agent who received his qualifying offer from Columbus on Monday. He will need to sign an extension with Montreal to play next year. His expiring deal was for three seasons, and carried an AAV of $1.85 million. His official addition would fill a hole on the right side, which has become the weakest area of the Canadiens’ lineup.
Max Domi is a restricted free agent as well, and had 45 goals and 71 assists in 153 NHL games with the Canadiens over two seasons.