Plot twist involving Filip Zadina and the Canadiens: Kent Hughes could have a second opportunity to acquire him

Published July 5, 2023 at 7:24 PM
To the surprise of many fans, Steve Yzerman placed Filip Zadina on waivers Monday afternoon. However, no NHL general manager claimed the 23-year-old forward, who has a contract worth $1.8 million per season until the end of the 2024-2025 season.

However, the excellent Elliotte Friedman has just revealed a major piece of information regarding Zadina's future in Detroit. According to his sources, the Red Wings are considering placing him on unconditional waivers with the intention of buying out his contract.

"We'll see what happens tomorrow, but there is word the Detroit Red Wings are considering placing Filip Zadina on waivers for the purposes of terminating his contract." - Elliotte Friedman

Wow! That means Zadina would be free to sign with any NHL team.

Kent Hughes and the Montreal Canadiens would have a second opportunity to acquire the forward. What makes it interesting is that if Steve Yzerman decides to terminate Filip Zadina's contract, the Canadiens could offer him a contract worth around one million dollars for just one season.

This would represent an intriguing gamble for the organization and align with the philosophy set by the general manager, who aims to shift towards a younger core and give second chances to players who haven't reached their full potential.

Filip Zadina is a 23-year-old forward who was selected 6th overall in the 2018 NHL Draft. While he hasn't developed as anticipated, there is no doubt that he possesses immense talent, and a change of scenery could greatly benefit him.

Since joining the Detroit Red Wings, Zadina has accumulated 68 points in 190 NHL games. He notably recorded 10 goals and 7 assists (17 points) in his last 23 games with the Grand Rapids Griffins in the AHL.

If you were in Kent Hughes' position, would you offer Filip Zadina a one-year contract worth one million dollars? After all, the risk would be virtually non-existent.

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