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Jonathan Marchessault has received an offer from the Canadiens
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We knew that Kent Hughes wanted to add offensive talent to his group this summer.

That’s why, in recent weeks, the possibility of Jonathan Marchessault signing a contract with the Habs was discussed.

In the end, the Quebecer agreed to a five-year contract with the Preds.

But that’s not because Kent Hughes didn’t try to lure him to town.

According to Marchessault on TVA Sports, the Habs made him an offer and there was “a very good discussion” between the two sides.

Marchessault even went as far as saying the Habs were 2nd in his choices.

Marchessault later added that he called Steven Stamkos and that Stamkos convinced him to join him in Nashville.

When a player like Stamkos calls you to tell you he wants you in your club… We agree it’s pretty special.

It’s a shame for the Habs in a way, because Marchessault is coming off a 42-goal season.

He’s from Quebec, he’s already won the Stanley Cup… And he would have had an important voice in the dressing room with the youngsters.

But Jonathan Marchessault is 33 years old and doesn’t fit in with the timing of the Montreal rebuild.

Seeing him sign with Nashville rather than Montreal is perhaps a good thing… Especially in view of the fact that Marchessault will earn $5.5 million in his final years, at 37 and 38 years of age.

That said, it’s still relevant to know that Kent Hughes tried to add a player of this calibre to his roster.


– Anthony Duclair with the Islanders.

– To be continued.

– One year for Zach Aston-Reese in Vegas.

– Seven-year contract for Chandler Stephenson in Seattle.

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