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Kent Hughes to Acquire a First-Round Pick for a Goalie? Insider Believes He Will Get a True Haul

Published January 8, 2024 at 9:07 PM

Considering the fact that several good goalkeepers, such as Ilya Samsonov, Antti Raanta, and Eric Comrie, were not claimed off waivers, even though they were available for free, some fans had lost hope of seeing the Montreal Canadiens obtain an interesting return for a Montreal goalkeeper, namely Jake Allen or Cayden Primeau.

However, a significant turnaround has occurred in the last few hours!

Indeed, as reported by Charles-Alexis Brisebois of the site DansLesCoulisses, journalist Brian Wilde made a major statement during his intervention on TSN 690. According to him, the CH's General Manager, Kent Hughes, will not lower his demands on the trade market, indicating that he could receive a second-round pick or even a first-round pick soon.

"We know that Kent Hughes has his price and doesn't really want to deviate from it. And on TSN 690 this morning, Brian Wilde mentioned that realistically, Allen or Primeau could bring in a second-round pick or even a first-round pick. Wow." - Via DansLesCoulisses

Wow! The Bleu-Blanc-Rouge could therefore get their hands on an excellent selection for the next draft in return for Jake Allen or Cayden Primeau.

This would undoubtedly be a home run for the organization. Let's hope that some general managers agree with Brian Wilde and will be ready to pay the high price to add the 33-year-old veteran or the young American to their team.

Note that according to Elliotte Friedman and Pierre LeBrun, teams currently looking for a new goalkeeper would only offer late draft picks, as evidenced by the sixth-round choice that the Toronto Maple Leafs would have offered to acquire Jake Allen.

Honestly, it's hard to believe that the Canadiens could obtain a first-round pick for a goalkeeper who has only won one duel in his last ten games. As for Primeau, the number 30 possibly has a greater value on the market, but to receive such a high pick? We are rather surprised by this assertion, but Brian Wilde seems convinced that this possibility could happen.

"Kent Hughes is smart enough to get a high price and keep it as long as he needs to. That's how he negotiates." - Brian Wilde

One thing is for sure, it is interesting to note that Kent Hughes will not deviate from his demands and will not accept an offer lower than what he apparently wants to obtain. Now it remains to be seen if a GM will be desperate enough to pay the high price!

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