Grading Kent Hughes a year later on the Montreal Canadiens

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Montreal Canadiens: The Final Verdict

The Habs are kind of in wait-and-see mode right now, with most of the major moves made by Hughes and his team done with the intent of long-term impact over short-term success. With that being the case, it can be a little difficult to fully evaluate how he’s done as a GM.

What looks good right now may turn out very differently in a few years’ time. But, we can only evaluate what we know, and what we know is that Kent Hughes clearly has a plan and a vision for what he wants the Montreal Canadiens to be.

In his introductory presser a year ago, Hughes said himself that he wants his team to be good, but not one-and-done success. He’s trying to build a good team that can have a sustained run like we’ve seen the Boston Bruins or Tampa Bay Lightning have had. With that takes patience, and enjoy the little victories along the way.

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And the early returns suggest that the Habs are on the way to doing that. So with that in mind, I’m going to give Kent Hughes a solid A grade.  There’s still plenty of work to be done, but for now, it’s hard to find fault with anything he’s done to this point. Habs fans can only hope that continues as year two of the Hughes era begins.