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Kent Hughes reassures Samuel Montembeault after acquiring Casey DeSmith
We learned 3 days ago that, like Jeff Petry, Casey DeSmith had yet to hear from Canadiens general manager Kent Hughes, following his arrival in Montreal in the Erik Karlsson deal.

Nor has the CH welcomed him to the organization on social networks.

If there are still any who doubt the Habs’ plans to trade Casey DeSmith, here’s a good one for you.

According to Simon Baillargeon of Le Journal de Montréal, Kent Hughes immediately contacted Samuel Montembeault’s agent after the deal that brought Casey DeSmith to Montreal, to reassure him of the team’s intentions regarding his client.

Here’s what the Quebec goaltender had to say, in an interview with the media:

“Kent has been great. Practically as soon as the trade was completed, he spoke with my agent to tell him not to worry. It’s great that he took the time to do that.”

-Samuel Montembeault

Let’s see things as they are. The Canadiens complete a transaction and acquire a goaltender. No one contacts this new goalie, and the GM himself contacts the agent of his current goalie to tell him not to worry.

Kent Hughes managed his staff, reassured Samuel Montembeault, and went back to work.

It’s more than likely that the CH is currently in talks with other clubs to get DeSmith. One wonders, however, whether the Jeff Petry file will be treated as a priority, or whether the club will manage both cases in parallel.

In short, Samuel Montembeault is in good hands, and has nothing to worry about. The Canadiens’ goaltending duo at the start of the season will obviously be Montembeault and Jake Allen.

On a roll

– The future looks bright for Owen Power.

– Michkov continues his good work.

– A very dark sequence for FAA.

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