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Kent Hughes confident of extending Kaiden Guhle’s contract soon
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The Canadiens weren’t overly active today, but that’s to be expected.

After all, the club is still rebuilding, and giving six- or seven-year contracts to 30-year-olds isn’t exactly the house style.

Instead, Kent Hughes decided to extend 20-year-old Juraj Slafkovsky’s contract until 2033. At his press conference, the GM also told reporters he was confident he could extend the contract of Kaiden Guhle, whose entry-level contract will expire after next season, just like Slaf.

Discussions have begun, but let’s just say they’re not as advanced as those with the Slovakian camp.

Again, there’s no rush on this one. After all, Cole Caufield played a full season with no idea of what was in store for him contractually.

In the case of the left-handed defender, he quickly became a general and a man to be reckoned with in Montreal. He may have been injured many times in his young career, but he’s still a reliable guy, and the team does better when he makes his presence felt on the ice.

Like Alex Vlasic, the Chicago Blackhawks’ purely defensive defenseman, I’m expecting a contract in the $5 million-a-year range. I doubt that Kent Hughes would offer him such a sum over eight years, but over five or six years, it seems quite conceivable.

If he isn’t extended this summer, it’ll wait… like Caufield.

Still on defense, the situations of Arber Xhekaj, who has just changed agent, and Justin Barron are more pressing.

Both RFAs are out of contract as of today.

In Overtime

– Martin Necas: no imminent trade.

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