Kent Hughes and the Canadiens announce a second signing and it's a surprising one

Published June 14, 2022 at 5:32 PM

Since the Montreal Canadiens' end-of-season review, many observers have been trying to predict Kent Hughes' first moves in his first offseason as the club's GM.

A few days ago, he signed defenseman Chris Wideman to a contract, and now Hughes has done it again with another depth defenseman. (a second signing since the end of the 2021-22 season)

Not many people saw this one coming, but the Montreal Canadiens just announced the signing of defenseman Otto Leskinen. He's back!

After leaving the Tricolore's organization in 2021, Leskinen played in the KHL (15 points in 35 games) and also in the best league in Finland (18 points in 25 games).

He played 6 games with the Montreal Canadiens, from 2019 to 2021, and 85 games with the Laval Rocket. (39 points)

"Club de hockey Canadien general manager Kent Hughes announced today that the team has agreed to terms on a one-season, two-way contract with defenseman Otto Leskinen.

The deal will pay Leskinen $750,000 in the NHL and $300,000 in the AHL.

The 25-year-old defenseman, a native of Pieksamaki, Finland, is making a return to the organization after an initial stint between 2019 and 2021." - Montreal Canadiens

Why is this a surprising signing? As the excellent Marc Antoine Godin (The Athletic) reports, Leskinen wasn't even available.

"Good for the organization's depth at the blue line. I'm not sure what happened, but Leskinen had agreed to terms with Frölunda on a two-year contract just a month ago..." - Marc Antoine Godin

A peculiar situation.

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