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Major statement from Kent Hughes regarding a trade involving one of the young defensemen of the Canadiens

Published March 23, 2024 at 8:04 PM
BY DAVID ST-JEAN

Kent Hughes has made a major statement regarding a transaction. Analysts and fans unanimously agree that the Montreal Canadiens need to add at least one high-quality forward to their top 6. To achieve this, Kent Hughes may have to trade one of his promising young defensemen.

Indeed, the Canadiens have a lot of depth at the defense position, and it wouldn't be surprising if Kent Hughes considers trading one of the prospects like David Reinbacher, Logan Mailloux, or Lane Hutson.

We could even include Kaiden Guhle and Arber Xhekaj in the mix, as they are firmly established in the top 4. However, that's unlikely to happen. Kent Hughes has been very clear that he won't trade any of them.

According to Richard Labbé, Kent Hughes reportedly stated before the trade deadline that none of his defensive prospects were available. This was the message he conveyed to other general managers when they called before March 8th. Whenever a GM called the Canadiens asking about a defensive prospect, Kent Hughes replied that none of them were available.


This reveals Kent Hughes's plan. He wasn't even willing to entertain offers for his young defensemen because he wants to build around this promising core.

As for acquiring a high-potential player this summer, it will likely involve trading one or more draft picks if such a transaction occurs.

Source Dans les Coulisses: KENT HUGHES AURAIT AFFIRMÉ QU'AUCUN DE SES ESPOIRS EN DÉFENSE N'ÉTAIT DISPONIBLE
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Major statement from Kent Hughes regarding a trade involving one of the young defensemen of the Canadiens

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