Kent Hughes delays his media availability (because he's still working on files)

Kent Hughes delays his media availability (because he’s still working on files)

Each year, the various NHL general managers address the media during the opening day of the free agent market. Most of the time, these press conferences take place in the late afternoon, but it is not uncommon for them to be postponed when DGs still have files they are working on.

That doesn’t mean they’re necessarily close to signing a player or closing a deal, but at least they have something to deal with.

And obviously this is the case for Kent Hughes, while the CH CEO’s press conference has been postponed. He was originally supposed to speak at the end of the afternoon, but ultimately he won’t. He could speak tonight on Zoom if nothing happens and his cases are resolved, but if not, he’ll be fine until tomorrow.

Once again I insist that guarantee It is not that the Canadian will move in the next few hours. However, there is a real possibility that it will.

Given that the team doesn’t really have any money to spend right now, we can suspect that if there is any movement in Montreal in the next few hours, it will likely be a trade. I doubt it will be Jeff Petry given that John Klingberg hasn’t signed on yet, but who knows.

Obviously, some will think of a transaction for Pierre-Luc Dubois, especially since his name is Again back in the news in Montreal today. It’s not impossible, but I don’t think it’s anything that big of a deal.

At the same time, it’s probably not a Rocket-related case that’s holding Hughes back right now…

In short, we’ll see if the smoke will rise from a fire, but definitely, the Canadian’s GM is a busy man at the moment. We may find out a bit more tonight, otherwise it will be tomorrow, simple as that.

A lot of

– Anthony Cirelli (who just signed an eight-year contract extension) and Zach Bogosian will miss the start of next season for the Lightning. They had shoulder surgery and will be back in 4-6 months.

Speaking of Lightning, Julien BriseBois doesn’t expect to see Ondrej Palat again next year.

– Little movement in the negotiations between Jesper Bratt and the Devils.

– Kaapo Kakko is still in good hands with Chris Drury. At least, that’s what it says.

– Movement in Boston, including the signing of the former Canadiens goalie.

– The former member of the CH organization continues his stay in Minnesota.


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