There is nothing about the name Kent Hughes that will make you think he knows what a Bescherelle is. For those of you who don’t know, it’s a book series on correct French grammar, so hopefully he picked one up to brush up on his Français since he’ll be working La Belle Province. The Massachusetts native grew up in Montreal and speaks both official languages of Quebec English and French. He’s also been a player agent for notable Quebec born players like future Hall of Famers Kris Letang and Patrice Bergeron, along with Samuel Blais.
Kent Hughes, 51, is a name that we heard often. It seemed current VP of Hockey Operations Jeff Gorton was high on Hughes from the beginning. As per Pierre Lebrun: Hughes met Molson this past Saturday and too the weekend to make the right decision for him and his family.
This hire is huge for a few reasons. One, because as a player agent, he’s seen different sides of the negotiating table and has a great relationship with Jeff Gorton. “We also believe that Kent’s experience as an agent will be a great asset to the organization,” said executive vice-president of hockey operations Jeff Gorton.
Hughes takes on a heavy task of rebuilding one of the most storied franchises in the history of sports. Fresh off their Stanley Cup appearance and currently looking at last place in the NHL standings. It’s a sad day in Montreal, Quebec when the Habs are neck in neck in a race for last place with the Sabres and the Coyotes.
Hughes has some good pieces to work with. Cole Caufield is on the second year of his rookie deal, Nick Suzuki is fresh off an extension, Kaiden Guhle was named captain of Team Canada Junior Team and a few names that Hughes can build around. There will definitely be a lot of questions and action in the offseason, especially with the uncertainty of the Habs best player, Carey Price.
His toughest task won’t be rebuilding the roster and making The Habs Great Again, it will be dealing with the French media.