Habs get rid of Mike Hoffman and Rem Pitlick → https://t.co/5bHtDBgsn1
– DansLesCoulisses (@DLCoulisses) August 6, 2023
In return, Kent Hughes sent Mike Hoffman and Rem Pitlick elsewhere. Getting rid of Hoffman’s contract is very good news. Hoffman, who was still under contract for next season, was stealing valuable playing time from a youngster. He wasn’t the most popular player among the partisan base, either…
Two days after getting engaged to his girlfriend, Pitlick’s dream came true. The man who was claimed in the January 2022 ballot will continue his career with Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Kris Letang, Erik Karlsson and the Penguins. I imagine standards will be higher there next year…
The standards (and expectations) are high and Jeff Petry is ready to embrace it all. pic.twitter.com/ASdN7UMkzK
– Pittsburgh Penguins (@penguins) September 27, 2022
His situation reminds me a lot of Ryan Poehling’s situation. The American was also traded to the Penguins after requesting a trade. And his departure was a bit of a butterfly because of a certain Jeff Petry. There are comparisons to be made. Will Pitlick go to Philly next year?
But the fact that he’s asked for a trade doesn’t necessarily surprise me. The Penguins have several good forwards, but they don’t necessarily have the depth of the CH.
Pitlick will get some playing time, then. We hope so for his sake, anyway…
As for the congestion in the Montreal attack, with the departures of Mike Hoffman and Pitlick, it’s not as glaring. In fact, it’s no longer there. This will give Rafaël Harvey-Pinard a real chance now.
Even with his phenomenal 2022-2023 season, the RHP position in the lineup is not assured. Of all the forwards, only he and Juraj Slafkosvky are eligible for balloting. The organization could easily have taken advantage of this eligibility and sent him to Laval. But with both forwards gone, his position is almost assured. Now it’s up to him to build on his late-season success.
If the logic is respected for alignment, the CH will have to make a choice between the two → https://t.co/WZYFtk3bvO
– DansLesCoulisses (@DLCoulisses) August 5, 2023
Here’s what the 23-player roster could look like at the start of the season.
So, if Kent Hughes doesn’t make another deal between now and the start of next season, we can see that congestion on offense has turned into congestion on defense. With Jeff Petry in uniform, Montreal could keep only one extra defenseman (if the team carries three goalies at all times, which is a real possibility).
Hughes’ summer is not over, then.
In a gaggle
– Very funny.
Did the Habs win a trade involving Jeff Petry on three different occasions?
– Scott Matla (@scottmatla) August 6, 2023
– He’s sensational.
Schneider just took it out of the stadium… another citcuit. 2 in 3 games! @BlueJays
– Jeremy Filosa 🎙 (@JeremyFilosa) August 6, 2023
– A whole round!
Bryson Dechambeau delivers a 58 at the Greenbrier Invitationalhttps://t.co/0fJO30sDZZ
– RDS (@RDSca) August 6, 2023
– I’m not a big soccer fan, but count on me to be at Stade Saputo next year.
Fans typically pay an average price of $45 to attend an FC Dallas home game.
But the average purchase price for a ticket to today’s match against Lionel Messi and Inter Miami is $864.
That’s a 1,820% increase.
– Joe Pompliano (@JoePompliano) August 6, 2023