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Shock for the Canadiens: the end of Lane Hutson?

Published March 28, 2024 at 6:47 PM
BY DAVID ST-JEAN

We're all eager to see Lane Hutson in action in the NHL. However, as Dany Dubé mentions, he might never sign with the Canadiens.

It's a very concerning statement and a good warning. Kent Hughes will have to act quickly, even if he can't negotiate with his young protégé until the end of his college season.

"Maybe he's being dragged along. From what I've heard... There's chatter in the entourage. If he doesn't get an offer from the Canadiens at the end of the season, maybe he'll stay (at the University) and finish his studies. And after that, look at his options, because then he becomes a free player." - Dany Dubé

The Canadiens need to sign him, and Kent Hughes has good arguments. Firstly, the Canadiens have a very bright future ahead. It will be very promising to play in Montreal in the coming years.


Furthermore, if Hutson signs this year, he saves a year of contract, so he can sign his second deal during the 2026-27 season. If he stays in college and becomes a free agent, he will have to start a new three-year cycle with his entry-level contract in two years, so he would sign his second deal in the NHL in 5 years instead of two.

These are strong arguments for Hughes, and we could add that Hutson's place is no longer in the NCAA. He dominated in his two campaigns with Boston University, and it's time for him to turn pro.

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