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Major trade offer between the Canadiens and Nashville: Kent Hughes clearly missed a great opportunity with Askarov

Published February 23, 2024 at 1:18 PM
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This is not a rumor, it's confirmed and verified information (notably by Pierre LeBrun), but a major trade offer was made by the Nashville Preds to the Montreal Canadiens during the 2023 National Hockey League draft.

Montreal said no to Yaroslav Askarov



In essence, by accepting the trade, Kent Hughes would have moved back his first-round pick and acquired goaltender Yaroslav Askarov.

He would have lost David Reinbacher, but would still have been able to draft a very good player (like Gabe Perreault?).


It would be interesting to ask Kent Hughes today if he regrets refusing this trade with Nashville.

See Yaroslav Askarov's statistics over 13 games

"Record of 13-0-0 | 1.60 GAA | .940 SV% | 5 Shutouts"

5 shutouts! He is on his way to becoming an Igor Shesterkin and an Ilya Sorokin of this world, which is huge for the Predators.


Let's give young David Reinbacher a chance, but for now, it's hard to think that Hughes made the right decision on this one.

Askarov, 21 years old, an 11th overall pick in 2020, has a record of 21-6-1 this season, with a 2.04 average and a .923 save percentage.

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Major trade offer between the Canadiens and Nashville: Kent Hughes clearly missed a great opportunity with Askarov

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