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Kent Hughes Takes a Risky Bet: Ends Up Winning, Much to the Delight of Fans

Published February 23, 2024 at 4:21 PM
BY DAVID ST-JEAN

With the NHL trade deadline looming on March 8th, there's a lot of action happening on the waiver wire.

Yesterday, Kent Hughes claimed forward Colin White, following which he immediately placed Brandon Gignac on waivers.

The goal wasn't to get rid of Gignac, who is highly regarded within the organization. It was to send him to Laval to help the team in their playoff push.

Hughes took the risk of losing him for nothing, even though Gignac had earned 42 points in 43 games in the AHL and performed well with the Canadiens, notably scoring his first career NHL goal.


Gignac went unclaimed, and Hughes officially won his bet. It's great news for the organization, as Gignac will be a valuable asset for Laval or the Canadiens as needed.

However, Hughes also claimed White and Alex Barré-Boulet, who I believe is superior to White, was placed on waivers yesterday. Unfortunately, he was not selected by any team and will continue with the Syracuse Crunch in the AHL.

It's a bit unfortunate for the Canadiens. In my humble opinion, ABB is better than White, and Hughes acted too soon in claiming him.


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