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Major turnaround for Kent Hughes: buyout imminent?

Published April 22, 2024 at 9:22
By: AARON ITOVITCH
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The leaders of the Montreal Canadiens, Kent Hughes and Jeff Gorton, addressed journalists to assess their end-of-season on Wednesday, a press conference during which they notably disclosed several interesting pieces of information.

Indeed, the two men were questioned about the possibility of a contract buyout being executed in the coming weeks.

This strategy could allow the general manager to have greater flexibility under the salary cap this summer, but could also free up an additional spot in Martin St-Louis's lineup.

Unfortunately, to the great dismay of fans who would like to see Josh Anderson leave the organization, Kent Hughes was rather categorical in indicating that the organization would not consider such a solution during the summer period.


«Kent Hughes clearly responds 'No' when asked if we can expect any contract buyouts this summer.» - Patrick Friolet

This seemed to put an end to the numerous rumors involving the departure of Josh Anderson or even that of Brendan Gallagher, who should therefore be part of the lineup for the first game of the 2024-2025 season.

Not so fast!

During his appearance on TVA Sports, former NHL defenseman Philippe Boucher brought up an important point. According to him, the general manager of the Canadiens could not be 100% transparent when he received this question, otherwise, he would have caused panic among some team players.

«These are questions where you can't always answer exactly what you think.

He was very categorical, but I think that over time, it can make a little sense, a contract buyout.» - Philippe Boucher

He continued by mentioning that he firmly believes Kent Hughes will change his mind and carry out a contract buyout this summer. He did not want to name a specific player, but with the disastrous season of Josh Anderson and his lucrative contract of 5.5 million dollars still valid for three seasons, he would certainly be a candidate for such a financial maneuver.

«I'm going to make you a prediction: the Canadiens will buy out a contract this summer.» - Philippe Boucher

Honestly, even though I hope the forward is not included in the long-term plans of the team, a contract buyout would have significant repercussions in the future, at a time when the CH will need space under the salary cap to sign these young prospects, but also to make a «splash» in the free agent market.

29-year-old Josh Anderson collected only nine goals and eleven assists this season, despite having «flirted» with the 20-goal mark in his three previous seasons with the Bleu-Blanc-Rouge.



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