Several young players got a nice mark following their performance today → https://t.co/a7K4vQyy4X
– DansLesCoulisses (@DLCoulisses) July 4, 2023
I don’t know about you, but the last few weeks have been exhausting in the field hockey world. I’m telling you this from the point of view of a guy who works in field hockey.
Seeing the draft so close to July 1 created intense chaos in the media world. Imagine what it was like for organizations like the Habs…
And even if the CH wasn’t the most involved free agent, nobody’s going to make me believe that Kent Hughes didn’t keep abreast of the ins and outs of the market.
And recently, the GM came to an agreement with a few players in need of a contract, including Rafaël Harvey-Pinard and Alex Newhook.
The bottom line. All this to say that, at the moment, it’s clear that the GM’s shopping list is getting slimmer and slimmer, and that the early summer rush is over. After all, even the development camp is behind us… and David Reinbacher is signed.
Obviously, he’ll need to have his phone handy to be ready to spring into action if an opportunity to dump a forward ever presents itself, but at this point, I can’t see a GM calling Hughes for Mike Hoffman or Joel Armia.
All this to say that the files on the GM’s desk are no longer as pressing. Because no, signing Jesse Ylönen, Nicolas Beaudin and Lucas Condotta is not urgent. With all due respect to the guys, of course.
When you look at the issues that still need to be resolved, you’re talking about adding depth to Laval, appointing an assistant captain or something like that. It’s nothing that absolutely has to be done by mid-July.
Five other summer files for Kent Hughes: https://t.co/8qn6KheBYj
– TVA Sports (@TVASports) July 10, 2023
In fact, there’s perhaps one file that’s (a little) more pressing than the others: that of putting Samuel Montembeault under contract for a few more years.
Not only is it a good idea to start negotiating sooner rather than later, it’s also what the Quebec stopper wants. He’d like to sign a new contract sooner rather than later.
We know that the GM wants to sign Jesse Ylönen before going after the Quebecer, though.
Kent Hughes says he intends to settle the cases of Newhook, Harvey-Pinard and Ylönen before starting discussions with Montembeault.
– Marc Antoine Godin (@MAGodin) July 1, 2023
I have a feeling that the GM can still afford, if that’s what he wants, to take a few weeks for himself before tackling the other files next. He can also sign Ylönen quickly, of course.
– Attention tennis fans.
Toronto National Bank Open: participants now known https://t.co/K8QogsEP5F
– TVA Sports (@TVASports) July 12, 2023
– Herb Zurkowsky (@HerbZurkowsky1) July 12, 2023
– Ottawa has a good basketball team.
Ottawa has a top-ranked team in its pro league with 2 regular-season home games. James Derouin’s @ott_blackjacks(@GeeGeesMBB) are dominating the @CEBLeague with a 6-game winning streak. How did it happen? https://t.co/SufGfY6M4f
– jf plante (@jfplante_Droit) July 12, 2023
Day 3 of development camp and first-round pick Bradly Nadeau and others join Hurricanes Sled Hockey team on the ice. pic.twitter.com/UuNf50Adif
– Chip Alexander (@ice_chip) July 12, 2023
– For what it’s worth, the Coyotes made a move this summer.