Kent Hughes officially offers power forward a contract

Aaron Itovitch
April 14, 2024  (10:44)

Montreal Canadiens general manager Kent Hughes
Photo credit: Le Devoir

Now that Lane Hutson is officially a member of the Montreal Canadiens, having signed his entry-level contract with the organization on Friday, fans' attention turns to another prospect, Luke Tuch.

Indeed, according to reports, the young defenseman's former teammate might well sign a contract with the Canadiens in the next few hours, or else he will become a free agent on August 15th. According to information reported by Eric Engels, the general manager of the Bleu-Blanc-Rouge, Kent Hughes, has already made him a contract offer.
However, the second-round pick in 2020 (47th overall) is currently evaluating his options, which could potentially lead him to follow in Adam Fox's footsteps and disregard the organization that drafted him to play for a team of his choice.
«I know a lot of people are wondering about Luke Tuch, given that BU's season is over and that Lane Hutson has already signed. The Canadiens have made him a contract offer and I'm told he should make a decision one way or another in the next 24 hours.» - Eric Engels

That's interesting!
This will be a situation to watch over the next few hours, but it seems likely that the Montreal organization could potentially lose a quality prospect. Aged 22, Luke Tuch is a 6 foot 3 inch, 210-pound forward with an excellent skating ability and a robust playing style.
Having played his fourth season in the college ranks this year, he showed significant progress, finishing the season with 10 goals and 20 assists for a total of 30 points in 39 games with the Boston University Terriers.
While he may not be ready to jump into the NHL just yet, he could eventually become an important addition to Martin St-Louis's «bottom six,» as his style of play fits perfectly with what is required from a fourth-line forward.
«As for Luke Tuch, it seems that the crux of the matter isn't signing his entry-level contract, but knowing when it should start.

For Tuch's camp, it would be more advantageous for him to burn his first year.

For the Canadiens, it would be better if he signed a professional tryout with the Laval Rocket and starts his entry-level contract next year.» - Marco D'Amico

Certainly, a final verdict involving Luke Tuch's brother should be announced today, so we will have more information to share in a few hours.
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