Montreal Canadiens: the next player to leave has reportedly been revealed

Published August 17, 2023 at 4:31 PM

To recap, Kent Hughes received Michael Matheson, Gustav Lindstrom, Nathan Légaré, Casey DeSmith and a few draft picks in exchange for Jeff Petry, Ryan Poehling, Mike Hoffman and Rem Pitlick. That's quite a steal.

In fact, the Habs GM isn't afraid to move to improve his team. If Marc Bergevin said it was difficult to trade players, Hughes shows us that for him, it's just the opposite.

In fact, the GM still hasn't completed his personnel moves for this summer. According to Eric Engels, the next to go is a goaltender.

"Not that I think Kent Hughes is going to change everything between now and the start of training camp, but don't necessarily think he's done. I think there's a chance he'll trade DeSmith at some point. Not a guarantee, but a chance." - Eric Engels

In a press briefing, Hughes made it very clear that his plan is to free up about 3.5 million on his payroll before the start of the season. He also left it unclear which goaltender would leave the organization, between DeSmith and Allen.

Trading DeSmith would make sense, but Jake Allen is no longer very dominant and his salary cut would be enough to put Kent Hughes under the salary cap. To be continued.

August 17   |   89 answers
Montreal Canadiens: the next player to leave has reportedly been revealed

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