New trade target emerges for Kent Hughes and Jeff Gorton

Aaron Itovitch
April 20, 2024  (7:51)

Montreal Canadiens general manager Kent Hughes and vice president of hockey operations Jeff Gorton
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During the season-ending press conference on Wednesday morning, Kent Hughes and Jeff Gorton confirmed that they would be exploring various avenues this summer to improve the team for the long term.

The leaders of the Montreal Canadiens acknowledge the progress made by Martin St-Louis's team this year and wish to provide their head coach with the necessary elements to potentially compete for a playoff spot as early as the 2024-2025 season.
In this regard, a player from the Ottawa Senators could be changing addresses in the coming weeks, as he has explicitly stated that his future within the Ontario organization is uncertain.
Indeed, clearly frustrated by his team's failures, defenseman Jakob Chychrun made a significant revelation during the end-of-season press conference.
"It's a tough question, I don't know. Honestly, I haven't thought about it. I know I have one year left on my contract. There haven't been any discussions about an extension or anything else, so I haven't really thought about that idea yet. It's hard to sit here and pretend that everything is fine and dandy. We have to take things day by day, see if and when we will have these discussions and go from there." - Jakob Chychrun

Obviously, he may not be the highly sought-after forward by the Montreal Canadiens, but he could still represent an interesting option if the organization were to trade Mike Matheson next year.
Like the number 8 of the Tricolore, Jakob Chychrun is primarily known for his offensive skills, having recorded 41 points, including 14 goals, in 82 games this year.
It should also be remembered that the defenseman had been linked to the Blue-Blanc-Rouge when he was playing with the Arizona Coyotes a few years ago. Ultimately, it was the then-General Manager of the Ottawa Senators, Pierre Dorion, who managed to acquire the former 16th overall pick by offering a first-round pick (which became Daniil But) and two second-round picks.
Honestly, knowing that the Tricolore primarily needs a forward capable of playing in the top two lines and that the team already has several talented defensemen in its organization, it would be really surprising if Kent Hughes attempted to acquire him.
However, earning a salary of $4.6 million until the end of the next campaign, Jakob Chychrun could certainly be an interesting choice for a team looking to bring an offensive defenseman into its ranks.
After another disappointing season for the Tricolore's rivals, don't be surprised if several changes occur during the offseason, and this could possibly include a trade involving Jakob Chychrun.
Certainly, this will be a case to watch in the coming months!
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