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Monumental Error by Kent Hughes? The General Manager Declined a Potential Game-Changing Trade

Published February 22, 2024 at 10:21 PM
BY DAVID ST-JEAN

The 2023 NHL Draft will be crucial for the Canadiens' rebuilding efforts. Kent Hughes focused on David Reinbacher with the 5th overall pick, but he had several potentially lucrative options.

Firstly, the Canadiens chose to overlook Matvei Michkov, who is excelling in the KHL this season. Secondly, Kent Hughes rejected a significant trade offer.

The Nashville Predators proposed their first-round pick and goaltender Yaroslav Askarov in exchange for the 5th overall pick. Rumors suggest they would have also selected David Reinbacher.

Barry Trotz aimed to make a big move, especially with the draft being held in Nashville. Kent Hughes declined the trade, but it could backfire.


Askarov and his team in the American Hockey League are on an extraordinary 18-game winning streak. The goaltender boasts a 13-0-0 record with a 1.60 goals-against average and a .940 save percentage.

While Askarov was known to be talented with a promising future, his current dominance suggests he's ready for the NHL.

David Reinbacher needs to excel, as if he performs just decently, Kent Hughes may hear about this decision for a long time.

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Monumental Error by Kent Hughes? The General Manager Declined a Potential Game-Changing Trade

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