The price Kent Hughes must pay for Martin Necas in Montreal is known

David St-Jean
June 11, 2024  (10:32 PM)

Martin Necas and Kent Hughes
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From Trevor Zegras to Martin Necas, passing through Kaapo Kakko and Cole Perfetti, the rumors are plentiful for Kent Hughes and the Canadiens.

The GM aims to add an important member to his top 6 via trade, and these names keep popping up in the rumors.
Martin St-Louis was spotted with Trevor Zegras, which has significantly fueled the rumors about him. Many fans want him in Montreal, and rightfully so.
As for Necas, according to Alex Kovalev, who gives him development lessons, his ceiling is far from being reached, which is very encouraging.
The Hurricanes won't let him go for cheap, and now we know what the price tag is to acquire him.
"Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet recently reported that the Hurricanes are looking for a star talent in exchange for Necas, and we heard the same thing at the NHL Combine last week." - Arpon Basu

A star talent from the Canadiens, there are a few, but there are. Nick Suzuki is the only member of the team to participate in the All-Star Game for several seasons, but he's untouchable.
Another candidate would be Michael Matheson, according to Arpon Basu, and rightfully so. The defenseman finished 9th in the entire NHL at his position for points, with 62.
He had a dream season and doesn't earn a big salary.
"Who is considered a star player by the Hurricanes? It's subjective and specific to them, but for the Montreal Canadiens, it points to a player like Mike Matheson, who would certainly help the Hurricanes a lot. They have several defensemen who will be free agents." - Arpon Basu

Indeed, the Canes will likely lose at least one defenseman in free agency, and Mike Matheson could be useful to them.
Despite the surplus of left-handed defensemen on the Canadiens' blue line, he's not the candidate I would let go, but to acquire Martin Necas, I would accept.
Now it remains to be seen what Kent Hughes will do, but for now, with the statement about Martin St-Louis and Trevor Zegras going to the gym together, it's the rumor that I find most plausible.
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The price Kent Hughes must pay for Martin Necas in Montreal is known

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