Asked about negotiations with Samuel Montembeault, Montreal Canadiens general manager Kent Hughes didn’t want to give fans false hope on Tuesday.
In a meeting with the media on the sidelines of the meeting of general managers of the National Hockey League in Toronto, Hughes explained why he does not want to comment too much on the rumors according to which CH is actively trying to extend the contract with the Quebec goalkeeper.
“In my career as an agent, I often thought that negotiations were going well, and suddenly things changed completely,” he asserted. I don’t want to create expectations among the fans.”
The issue of the three goalkeepers was brought up again. Jake Allen, Cayden Primeau and Montembeault have shared the work since the start of the season.
“It’s not an emergency,” Hughes said. Our goalkeepers are among the best in the League so far this season. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. We are not saying that we plan to have three goalkeepers (forever). But there are things we need to assess and put in place. Until that is done, there will be no exchange.”
What are the things that need to be “assessed” and “implemented”? The mystery is complete. Montembeault’s future in Montreal is undoubtedly part of the deliberations.
Watch the CEO’s media briefing in the video above.