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Canadiens Daily: Hughes Gains Cap Space; Will Habs Move Up In Draft?

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He tried at the NHL Trade Deadline and fell just short, but on Thursday, Montreal Canadiens general manager Kent Hughes was finally able to unload Shea Weber’s contract.

That, Canadiens news, NHL trade rumors, Stanley Cup Playoffs news and more in your MHN Canadiens Daily:

Montreal Canadiens

Montreal Canadiens general manager Kent Hughes deserves mad props for unloading the rest of the albatross that was Shea Weber‘s contract Thursday, gaining $2.8 million in salary cap space and acquiring a player he can unload at the NHL Trade Deadline.

Will Kent Hughes work some magic again and get the Montreal Canadiens another Top 10 pick at the 2022 NHL Draft? My partner-in-scribe, Marco D’Amico, breaks down some potential draft picks for the Habs if Hughes can pull it off.

The breakout year for Montreal Canadiens prospects Joshua Roy and Riley Kidney continued this week as both were invited to the Hockey Canada World Juniors camp.

The Montreal Canadiens prospect pool will be well-represented at the 2022 Memorial Cup that begins Monday in Saint John, New Brunswick.

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