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Arber Xhekaj and Kaiden Guhle: Kent Hughes is in trouble


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David St-Jean
April 25, 2024  (2:08 PM)
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Arber Xhekaj and Kaiden Guhle
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Kent Hughes might be in trouble with his young defensemen Arber Xhekaj and Kaiden Guhle.

Indeed, Xhekaj needs to sign this summer, while Guhle must sign a contract extension at the end of next season.
Why is Kent Hughes in trouble? Because a precedent has just been set by the Blackhawks, who signed a young defenseman for much more money than he's worth.
Alex Vlasic agreed to terms on a 6-year deal worth $4.6 million per year. That's a lot of money for a fairly average defenseman. It seems that Chicago believes in him.
However, Xhekaj and Guhle's agents will certainly bring this contract to the negotiation table. If we compare just number 21, he's far superior to Vlasic.
In short, signing the defensemen will cost Kent Hughes a lot, especially as several other good young defensemen are coming up. It may seem far off, but Lane Hutson will need to sign in just two years. Time flies.
Then, there will be David Reinbacher, Logan Mailloux, and so on. The Canadiens' GM will need to be careful in his negotiations, but I'm not worried about him.
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Arber Xhekaj and Kaiden Guhle: Kent Hughes is in trouble

If you were Kent Hughes, would you sign Arber Xhekaj for 6 years and $4.6 million?

Yes39162.6 %
No23437.4 %
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