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Bold move and major acquisition by Kent Hughes and the Montreal Canadiens: The team's financial flexibility will be a key factor

Published February 2, 2024 at 8:39 PM
BY DAVID ST-JEAN
Kent Hughes has been very effective since taking over as the general manager of the Canadiens, but he has yet to pull off his biggest move.

According to Marc-Olivier Beaudoin, that could happen as early as this summer. If the expected free agents don't re-sign with their respective teams, there will be significant talent available.

"The Habs will have approximately $19,000,000 in cap space as of July 1st (with Price on LTIR) with 21 players on the roster and only Xhekaj and Ylönen to sign.

They also have 23 picks in the next 2 drafts, including 11 in the first 3 rounds.


Despite the salary cap increase, several teams will be forced to make tough decisions regarding their rosters.

Kent Hughes has absolutely everything in his favor to make a splash this summer. It could be the most exciting move since his arrival!"

Among the players still available on July 1st are Steven Stamkos, Jake Guentzel, Sam Reinhart, and many others. Not to mention restricted free agents like Martin Necas and Elias Pettersson, who could also change teams.

Kent Hughes will have the opportunity to trade for the big forward long-awaited, not to mention the excellent draft picks he has in store.

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Bold move and major acquisition by Kent Hughes and the Montreal Canadiens: The team's financial flexibility will be a key factor

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