If the Canadiens' infirmary can end up being empty, Kent Hughes will certainly receive calls from his counterparts wishing to acquire a veteran. The general manager will be attentive to proposals, but will avoid emptying his club of its main sources of knowledge.
In this regard, with the presence of Kaiden Guhle, Arber Xhekaj, Jordan Harris and Justin Barron, backs under 23 who are doing very well in a team in reconstruction, the general manager of the Canadian could be tempted to part with Joel Edmundson or David Savard.
We are talking about two veterans who won the Stanley Cup, a prized commodity for a team that is thinking of having a long run in the playoffs.< /p>
While acknowledging the possibility of compromise, Hughes once again raised the importance of balance.
“If we can make a trade for a draft pick or to bring depth to a position where we're less well off, we might look,” he said.
“We are talking about two very important players in the locker room, but also important on the ice to teach our young players. The way they play, they help young people learn,” he added.
Moreover, as a right-hander, Savard is practically untouchable. Of the four right-backs of the Canadian, he is, for the moment, the only real regular. The others are Barron, Johnathan Kovacevic and Chris Wideman.
The Monahan case
Sean Monahan, if he manages to fully recover from his injured foot, is another one for whom Hughes' phone may vibrate. p>
Except that Monahan, whom everyone saw under other skies in the last stretch of the season, offered two excellent months of service to the Habs before falling in action on December 5 in Vancouver.< /p>
We only have to see the impact of this absence on Nick Suzuki's performance to be convinced. Perhaps Hughes would do well to offer him a new contract?
Obviously, with a reduction in salary compared to the $6.37 million he has received for each of the last seven years.
“We're definitely better with Sean in training,” Hughes said.
He then shared the following anecdote.
< p>“After five games, everyone said we were going to trade him. I called him to my office. I told him that he was part of this team, that he would not be traded in the following weeks and to enjoy Montreal. »
Close to a comeback
That said, Hughes still doesn't know what the future holds for the one he acquired in the company of a top pick turn in 2025 for absolutely nothing.
“I told him that three things could happen: that he stays here, that we simply trade him, or that we trade him by bringing him back to class. of summer.
And it probably won't be fixed until Monahan returns to the game.
“Sean is close to a return,” concluded Hughes, on this subject.