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The rumor about Kent Hughes, Ivan Demidov, and Vladimir Tarasenko is confirmed


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David St-Jean
July 4, 2024  (12:35)
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Kent Hughes et Ivan Demidov
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Kent Hughes has worked on several deals since the opening of the free-agent market, but nothing has materialized or made sense for the Canadiens.

It must be acknowledged that players like Jonathan Marchessault, Steven Stamkos, and others have signed offers that are too long and/or too lucrative in the eyes of the general manager, who didn't fall into that trap.
We've just learned that Hughes tried to bring another player to Montreal, Vladimir Tarasenko, but he ultimately signed with Detroit.
"Additionally, according to McGuire, the Canadiens were among the teams interested in his services this summer (those of Vladimir Tarasenko).

We have to wonder if there's a connection with Ivan Demidov, who should be here in a year." - Charles-Alexis Brisebois

Not only would Tarasenko have helped the Canadiens' top 6, but he would have also been a great mentor for the arrival of Ivan Demidov, as they are compatriots.
Kent Hughes thus indirectly tried to help the team and his new player Demidov. Unfortunately, Tarasenko signed with the Red Wings for $4.75 million over the next two years.
In this case, it's likely that the general manager was not willing to go as high in terms of salary or that Tarasenko himself preferred to play with Patrick Kane, which is understandable.
The Canadiens are not yet at the stage of being a team that competes for the Stanley Cup, nor even for the playoffs, so it's understandable that some players might not be interested.
Nevertheless, Kent Hughes is doing his best, and if it doesn't work out this year to bring in an impactful player, several big names will be available in a year, starting with Leon Draisaitl.
Source: Danslescoulisses.com
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