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Major trade between the Jets and the Canadiens involving Sean Monahan: Kent Hughes has once again proven his worth

Published March 11, 2024 at 11:49 PM
BY DAVID ST-JEAN

About a month before the trade deadline, the Canadiens and the Jets reached a deal, sending Sean Monahan to Winnipeg in exchange for a first-round pick.

The feedback was quite negative, especially when compared to the Canucks' acquisition of Elias Lindholm the day before at a higher cost, considering Lindholm and Monahan's similar playing styles.

However, Monahan's injury history significantly lowered his trade value, though it's acknowledged that the return could have been worse. Jets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff tried negotiating, but in vain. Kent Hughes simply doesn't negotiate. He sets his price, and it's a take-it-or-leave-it situation.

"Hats off and respect to Kent Hughes. He stood his ground. We tried several approaches to make the deal work, but he had a fixed price. We had a need, so we decided to act."


"If he doesn't get what he wants, he won't hesitate to hang up and look elsewhere."

- Kevin Cheveldayoff

This statement is quite interesting and demonstrates Hughes's determination at work. He doesn't budge under pressure and ultimately gets what he wants.

Of course, this strategy may have some drawbacks. Players might end up staying longer than desired, as seen with Jake Allen. However, the Canadiens are in a rebuilding phase, and there's no rush. It's not as if the team has an immediate chance of winning major honors.

Kent Hughes effectively uses his patience as an asset during this rebuilding period.

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