There’s been plenty of Montreal Canadiens free agency talk this week as general manager Kent Hughes made the rounds with the media.
Will the Canadiens target a star forward or defenceman? Or will they play it safe and bring in complimentary help? What about a goalie?
That and more in the latest MHN Canadiens Daily:
So how will the Montreal Canadiens approach unrestricted free agency? Will they hone in on a star forward like Evgeni Malkin if he reaches free agency?
I’m on record as saying I think the Montreal Canadiens will look into 27-year-old potential UFA and St. Louis Blues goalie Ville Jusso as a stop-gap starter until ‘The next one’ arrives in Montreal. Canadiens general manager Kent Hughes discussed the goaltending situation recently and acknowledged there is no starter after Carey Price in the team’s system so. …
Speaking of the Montreal Canadiens and unrestricted free agency, my MHN partner-in-crime Marco D’Amico will give his take on what Hughes may do later today.
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