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MAJOR: A blockbuster trade by Hughes and the Canadiens to acquire a star player is proposed by analyst Max Lapierre

Published February 20, 2024 at 10:05

By sending Sean Monahan to the Winnipeg Jets for a first-round pick in the next draft and a conditional 3rd-round pick in 2027, it can be said that Kent Hughes continues to collect draft picks.

Moreover, as reported by the website Danslescoulisses.com, the Canadiens will have no less than 12 selections in 2024 and a total of 23 picks over the next two years, which is starting to be a lot.

That said, adding to this the many quality prospects, it may be time for the Canadiens' GM to make a big move to accelerate the team's rebuild.

At least, that's the opinion of TVA Sports analyst, Maxim Lapierre.

During his appearance on the JiC show with Jean-Charles Lajoie, the former Canadiens player stated that with all the tools at Kent Hughes' disposal, it's now time he hit a home run on the trade market.

"I think Monahan would have helped the young players like Slafkovsky, Caufield, in a rebuilding team. Now, we are able to make a big trade, at least I hope so, with the first-round picks we have and go get a Dach or Newhook, another player like that to help with the offense.

I think we need to go further than that. Dach or Newhook, that's very good, but we are due for the big trade, which is going to need a first-round pick, a good young defenseman, some veterans, some contracts, whatever, to go get the big star player we need. We're there now. We draft well, we continue to build, we haven't strayed from the plan, that's very good."

Kent Hughes' plan has been much discussed over the last two years but I must admit that I agree with Lapierre's comments.

With so many picks in the bank and as many quality prospects, it is clear that the organization should try to acquire a star player, as we have often mentioned with a certain Trevor Zegras, to give even more ammunition to Martin St-Louis, when the team reaches maturity.

There is also a certain Pavel Buchnevich, who would be available according to Craig Button.

We're talking about 67 points in 63 games last year, 76 points in 73 games the previous year, and 42 points in 51 games this season.

That's a pace of 85 points, 87 points, and 70 points per 82 games.

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MAJOR: A blockbuster trade by Hughes and the Canadiens to acquire a star player is proposed by analyst Max Lapierre

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