Habs get rid of Mike Hoffman and Rem Pitlick → https://t.co/5bHtDBgsn1
– DansLesCoulisses (@DLCoulisses) August 6, 2023
Since yesterday, the huge transaction that brought Erik Karlsson to Pittsburgh has been the talk of the NHL. We’re talking about a swap that involved no fewer than 12 elements and, when you look at the whole picture, seems to be truly beneficial for all three parties.
It’s a win-win situation, and all three fan bases seem satisfied. What more could you ask for?
But clearly, when you look at what the CH accomplished yesterday, you have to salute Kent Hughes’ work once again. If he’s able to offload Petry to another club in the next few days or weeks(which is the most logical scenario) and get something substantial in return, it’ll be a real masterstroke.
And it’s not just in Montreal that the Tricolore GM’s work is recognized: at his press briefing today, Kyle Dubas admitted that he was really impressed by Hughes during the recent negotiations.
Dubas: “There’s a lot of work to be done. The team missed the playoffs last year. There’s no dancing around it. We tried to supplement as best we can, and I know that there’ll be people that doubt the group. We have to go out and prove it starting the first day of training camp.” pic.twitter.com/OuHrVETOd5
– Pittsburgh Penguins (@penguins) August 7, 2023
He did just that yesterday by acquiring a second-round pick to take on Petry’s contract, but he’ll also be able to trade Petry and Casey DeSmith in the near future to acquire even more picks and/or prospects. In every sense of the word, this is a solid transaction for the CH.
And clearly, Dubas agrees, saying earlier in his press briefing that he really thinks the Tricolore made a great move with this trade. He’s convinced it will help the club continue to look for assets for the future, and he likes the direction Kent Hughes is taking at the helm of the organization.
He already had a lot of respect for the Habs’ GM before the Petry deal, but he earned even more yesterday.
The CH may have come to the end of the process between the Penguins and the Sharks, as Dubas asserts, but that hasn’t stopped it from continuing to use its payroll as an asset to advance its rebuild.
And like Dubas, I can’t help but be impressed by the trade. We’ll have a clearer picture once Petry (and a goalie?) are traded, but yesterday, Montreal acquired an almost free second-round pick while getting rid of Mike Hoffman, a forward who was taking up space and blocking youngsters.
Might give youngsters hope → https://t.co/98nFtH8YFz
– DansLesCoulisses (@DLCoulisses) August 7, 2023
– Too bad.
National Bank Open in Toronto | Alexis Galarneau falls in the first round https://t.co/CSiifYxxYI
– La Presse Sports (@LaPresse_Sports) August 7, 2023
– In a worst-case scenario, trading DeSmith isn’t a bad option.
Do you think the arrival of Casey DeSmith means the end of Jake Allen’s time with the Habs?🤔
– BPM Sports (@BPMSportsRadio) August 7, 2023
– We now know the extent of the damage.
Emmanuel Clase is also suspended. https://t.co/1zVrsUxAmK
– Passion MLB (@passion_mlb) August 7, 2023
– It’s going well.