Shocking Statement From Patrick Kane's Agent: Kent Hughes Nearly Signed the Former First Overall Pick

Published December 1, 2023 at 9:19

Big news dropped in the NHL yesterday morning. Former star forward of the Chicago Blackhawks and New York Rangers, Patrick Kane, officially signed a one-season deal with an annual salary of $2.75 million with the Detroit Red Wings.

During an appearance on TVA Sports, the famous number 88's agent, Pat Brisson, made a significant revelation about his client and the Canadiens. He mentioned to Jean-Charles Lajoie that the general manager of the Canadiens, Kent Hughes, would have been very happy to welcome Patrick Kane to Montreal.

«Did the Montreal Canadiens make an offer to Patrick Kane?» - Jean Charles Lajoie

«Kent Hughes would have been happy to welcome Patrick Kane.» - Pat Brisson

While Pat Brisson somewhat tried to dodge the question, his answer was quite revealing. However, it seems that salary issues unfortunately prevented this possibility from materializing. Moreover, the Canadiens were not among the preferred destinations, as Patrick Kane wanted to sign with a team that could make the playoffs this season.

«If I had told Kent Hughes: 'Pat is interested in coming to Montreal,' he certainly would have been happy to welcome him. Several teams were tight against the cap for him.» - Brisson, via TVA Sports

Brisson also added that money was not a determining factor in his decision, as he primarily wanted to sign a one-year deal to get back in form.

«We agreed on $2.75 million with the Red Wings to leave them a million in cap space at the trade deadline. [...] Also, Kane was familiar with Alex DeBrincat, which was a factor.» - Pat Brisson

Furthermore, according to Brisson, there were three teams seriously interested in acquiring him, but the salary cap prevented some teams from making a formal offer.

To see the full interview with Jean-Charles Lajoie, click here: Habs et LNH
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Shocking Statement From Patrick Kane's Agent: Kent Hughes Nearly Signed the Former First Overall Pick

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