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Kent Hughes and the Canadiens have just avoided a disaster

Published January 1, 2024 at 2:20 PM

As Kent Hughes makes a strong effort to trade a goaltender, specifically Jake Allen, a potential setback was looming.

Indeed, the Maple Leafs placed their number one goaltender on waivers, causing a significant reaction.

After an outstanding season last year, Samsonov has been unrecognizable this year, with an efficiency rate of .862 and an average of 3.94. These are atrocious numbers for a team hoping to go further in the playoffs.

The connection to the Canadiens is straightforward: a team like the Devils or the Hurricanes, currently in negotiations with Kent Hughes according to several insiders, could have acquired a goaltender with a similar salary but younger than Jake Allen.

Samsonov doesn't pose a significant risk, as he will be a free agent at the end of the season. His next destination is now known, as no one claimed him.

Samsonov will join the Toronto Marlies in the American Hockey League. It can be said that Kent Hughes has avoided a potential disaster.

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Kent Hughes and the Canadiens have just avoided a disaster

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