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Major: Kent Hughes about to acquire a major forward from the Flames?

Published January 25, 2024 at 1:05 PM

A major news could break with the Montreal Canadiens in the next few minutes.

The rumor has been circulating abundantly since yesterday afternoon, but we will have the answer very soon.

There is currently a very interesting player on the NHL waiver wire, and it's the forward from the Calgary Flames and good friend of Juraj Slafkovsky, Adam Ruzicka.

Kent Hughes on the verge of acquiring Adam Ruzicka through waivers?

That's what many experts think.

It doesn't mean it's going to happen, but it's definitely a case to watch closely over the next few minutes and it's worth mentioning.

Yes, Ruzicka is MUCH better than Lucas Condotta, who has just been called up but could quickly return to Laval.

A big center player is available for free for the Habs in Ruzicka and we hope that Kent Hughes will take advantage of it.

So don't be surprised if the Canadiens add a player to their roster at 2 pm today.

«Maybe they sent Roy in anticipation of picking up Ruzicka on waivers?» - HFTV

«Adam Ruzicka has just been put on waivers by the Flames.

A 6'4 and 215-pound center aged 24 who has collected 40 points in 114 NHL games.

A savior for the CH? No.

A guy who can help at center in the short term? Probably!» - Marc-Olivier Beaudoin

It would be a risk-free acquisition for Hughes and Gorton. So why not?

Ruzicka, a big Slovak forward of 6 feet 4 and 215 pounds, was very productive in the junior ranks:

- 41 points in 30 games
- 37 points in 35 games
- 72 points in 63 games.

He was drafted in the 4th round in 2017. And in the AHL? Just as productive.

- 20 points in 16 games in 2021-22
- 21 points in 28 games in 2020-21

As for the NHL, we're talking about 10 points in 40 games this season and 20 points in 44 games last season in Calgary.

January 25   |   827 answers
Major: Kent Hughes about to acquire a major forward from the Flames?

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