“I don’t know what you tell fans that are upset other than we’re really happy with the player we drafted. We think we have a really, really really good player” – Kent Hughes
– Jared Book (@jaredbook) July 1, 2023
First of all, you have to understand that the organization really likes the player. That’s one of the reasons they turned down a deal to bring Yaroslav Askarov to town. Despite the negative messages from fans about the defenseman, Hughes is very happy with his move.
But the team’s general manager also spoke about the fans’ reaction, and he’s a little disappointed.
The Austrian has received several hate messages on social media and his boss thinks it’s a shame, obviously. At least Hughes spoke with his protégé and gave the example of Kaiden Guhle. When he was selected by Marc Bergevin in 2020, fans were not happy with his selection, but in hindsight, we can say that MB succeeded.
Kent Hughes expressed his disappointment with the way some Habs fans directly attacked David Reinbacher on social media after his draft selection. pic.twitter.com/DVoA3H1D95
– Marc Antoine Godin (@MAGodin) July 1, 2023
At his press briefing, the GM mentioned that he and his group are capable of taking it, and if the fans are looking for a punching bag, he wants it to be management, not the player. And I couldn’t agree more. After all, the 18-year-old right-handed defenseman never asked to be drafted before Matvei Michkov. Speaking of the Russian, I wonder if fans would have had the same reaction if Michkov hadn’t been available…
Kent Hughes is well aware of the benefits of passion in Montreal. But as I’ve already mentioned, this passion isn’t all positive, and this week we’ve seen a lot of that negative. Let’s hope Reinbacher silences his detractors. We can only encourage him, now that he’s a member of the team.
– Six years?
Not sure of the number here….but it sounds like a six-year deal for Miles Wood with the Avalanche
– Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) July 1, 2023
– Small contract.
– Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) July 1, 2023
Hearing Nick Bjugstad is returning to the Coyotes on a two-year deal ($2.1M AAV).
Coyotes nation rejoices. So does @spetershockey.
– Craig Morgan (@CraigSMorgan) July 1, 2023
– Things are moving in Minnesota.
#mnwild announce they’ve named Jason King an assistant coach.
King spent the last three season as an assistant for Vancouver.
– Sarah McLellan (@sarah__mclellan) July 1, 2023
– The Jets are on the move.
Vlad Namestnikov agrees to 2 year deal in Winnipeg. $2 mil aav.
– Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) July 1, 2023