Major Development on the NHL Trade Market: Incredible News for Kent Hughes

Aaron Itovitch
February 1, 2024  (2:10 PM)

Montreal Canadiens general manager Kent Hughes
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As you know, a huge trade involving the Canucks and Flames was announced in the NHL last night. Indeed, a few hours after signing a contract extension with the organization, General Manager Patrik Allvin acquired Swedish forward Elias Lindholm in return for Andrei Kuzmenko, Hunter Brzustewicz, Joni Jurmo, a first-round pick, and a conditional fourth-round pick in 2024.

Moreover, whether we like it or not, this trade will have a major impact on the Montreal Canadiens as the trade deadline approaches. Indeed, since Lindholm is no longer available on the trade market, several general managers will turn to their Plan B, Sean Monahan, who is now the best forward labeled as available.
Therefore, we can expect Kent Hughes to receive a lot of calls over the next few weeks, and knowing that the choices are rather limited at the moment, it would not be surprising if teams pay a high price to acquire the 29-year-old center.
Furthermore, when we see the package that the Flames received in the Elias Lindholm trade, it's legitimate to wonder if the Canadiens could receive a similar return. After all, the CH's number 91 is having a better season than the new Canucks forward, having accumulated three more points than the latter. In addition, Monahan also has a much more advantageous contract, which could force the hand of some teams.
"The Canadiens will absolutely get a first-round pick at a minimum for Sean Monahan. The market has been set and it's not even a question anymore. Probably a first-round pick and a solid prospect." - Habslink


Wow! Interesting!
Clearly, this trade, finalized nearly a month before the trade deadline, will greatly help Kent Hughes increase the value of his player, who will notably have the luxury of driving up the bidding among the various teams that have shown interest in Monahan. With the exception of Adam Henrique, very few forwards seem available as many teams are still in the race for a playoff spot.
Let's just say that the Flames, who had previously offered a first-round pick to the CH to take on the center's contract, have just given a serious helping hand to the Montreal management.
Moreover, according to information reported by David Pagnotta, now that Lindholm is a Canuck, the Toronto Maple Leafs will be very aggressive in the Sean Monahan case. Brad Treliving absolutely wants to add a forward capable of producing offensively, but also of fulfilling defensive tasks, making number 91 a choice option.
Certainly, it will be very interesting to see what the Canadiens can get for their forward, but all indications are that Kent Hughes could make a significant move by getting his hands on an exceptional package.
Major Development on the NHL Trade Market: Incredible News for Kent Hughes

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