Which Former Client Will Montreal Canadiens General Manager Kent Hughes Acquire Next?

Jul 7, 2022; Montreal, Quebec, CANADA; Montreal Canadiens general manager Kent Hughes (left) talks
Jul 7, 2022; Montreal, Quebec, CANADA; Montreal Canadiens general manager Kent Hughes (left) talks / Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports
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Zemgus Girgensons

Zemgus Girgensons is another player in the NHL who can thank Kent Hughes for setting him up for the rest of his life. Though he never lived up to his first round potential, the 30 year old has earned nearly $18 million in his career.

The Canadiens have pretty much run out of centers this season, and there are some rumors about Jake Evans getting moved, though I think that is unlikely. If an offer did come along for Evans, it would make sense for Hughes to then turn to Girgensons to add some depth for the rest of the season.

He has very little offense to add, scoring five goals this season, but is a big center at 6'2" and 211 pounds and could play defensive minutes in a fourth line role to play out the season if the Canadiens need to acquire a center for next to nothing.

Trading future considerations, or a minor league player that is likely leaving the organization in the summer anyway for Girgensons would fill a hole in the Canadiens lineup. It would also give the player a fresh start with a new organization as he has been passed over by countless young forwards in the Sabres lineup.