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Montreal Canadiens general manager Kent Hughes and Montreal Canadiens forward Kirby Dach
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Another Kirby Dach Set to Join the Organization: Kent Hughes Has Officially Provided Insight Into the Next Major Trade the Canadiens May Make

Published January 15, 2024 at 6:27 PM
BY AARON

During his press conference this morning, the General Manager of the Montreal Canadiens addressed several important points regarding the team's first half of the season. Additionally, Kent Hughes confirmed some very important information related to the future of the organization.

Indeed, when questioned about his intentions for the trade deadline, the GM of the Canadiens wished to remain discreet, but he admitted that a trade involving the 29-year-old center, Sean Monahan, could eventually be announced for the Bleu-Blanc-Rouge.

Moreover, he also confirmed that he wanted to leverage the depth in his prospect pool to address a glaring need in Martin St-Louis's lineup, namely the lack of offensive punch. While Kent Hughes did not formally indicate that he wanted to trade a defenseman, his statement strongly suggested that a young defenseman could soon be traded, due to the congestion on the Montreal blue line.

The General Manager particularly mentioned that he would like to complete a new trade similar to those for Kirby Dach or Alex Newhook to add a forward capable of playing in the top two lines. Despite having several talented players in the top-6, adding a forward with promising potential could really help the Canadiens' offense.


«Kent Hughes says the organization will consider trading young players who play at positions where it already has a lot of depth or draft picks to acquire players who can help in other areas of need, as it has done in the past with players like Dach and Newhook.» - Via Priyanta Emrith

Since his arrival, Kent Hughes has repeatedly shown his desire to rejuvenate his lineup by offering new opportunities to young talents who have yet to establish themselves in the NHL. It's likely that the General Manager will be very active in the coming months to obtain another forward who can advance the rebuilding process.

Certainly, it will be very interesting to see the next personnel moves that the Montreal management will make in the near future.

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