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Huge offer from Daniel Brière: Kent Hughes and the Canadiens come out on top


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David St-Jean
July 4, 2024  (1:37 PM)
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Kent Hughes and Daniel Brière
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The 2024 NHL Draft is over, and the Canadiens performed well, especially with their two first-round picks, Ivan Demidov and Michael Hage.

However, the scenario could have been very different because of Daniel Brière. He made a monstrous offer to the Blue Jackets for their 4th overall pick, but it was rejected by Don Waddell.
Apparently, former Canadiens executive Trevor Timmins really liked Cayden Lindstrom, which influenced the decision.
Brière's offer was very tempting, and his target was Ivan Demidov, aiming to pair him with Matvei Michkov.
"To the Flyers: 4th overall pick.

To the Blue Jackets: 12th overall pick (which became Zeev Buium), a regular roster player, and a 2025 first-round pick.

Note: the Flyers have two first-round picks in 2025." - Mark Scheig

This means the Blue Jackets refused to move back 8 spots this year and add an established player plus another first-round pick next year for Cayden Lindstrom. That's significant.
Kent Hughes and the Canadiens are fortunate that the Jackets did not accept such an offer. It's also worth noting that the Blackhawks also tried to acquire the 4th overall pick to get Demidov, but to no avail.
The end result is that the Canadiens have added a potentially generational talent to their lineup. If it weren't for his contract in the KHL, he would surely start the next season with the big club.
Source: Habsolumentfan.com
Les Flyers auraient fait une offre très agressive pour acquérir le 4e choix total des Blue Jackets
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