The Canadiens reported having interest in Kent Hughes as GM

The player’s agent is a bilingual native of Montreal whose clients include the Boston Bruins’ Patrice Bergeron.

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Jeff Gorton said something very interesting when he met with the Montreal media for the first time Friday as Canada’s new vice president of hockey operations.

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When asked what he would look for in his new general manager to replace the fired Marc Bergevin, Gorton mentioned that this person could be a player agent.

“Obviously, someone who has a great knowledge of hockey, an understanding of how the business works,” Gorton said when asked what he would look for in a GM. “I think we want to look at everything. I think what we want to do as a group is that we want to look at all the candidates and choose the very best based on what they have. Maybe it’s a person who does not have a wealth of experience as a daily manager, but what else do they have that they can bring to the table.How else could they help us look at another scenario.So we will look for one, maybe a little without for the box that can help us further and maybe complement me.

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“I think we’ll focus on finding someone who just has a different view on it,” Gorton added. “Listen, I’ve been in hockey my whole life. Maybe it could be an agent, it could be someone who was just a player. It could be someone but someone other than me. I was not a player, I was not an agent.It could just be a different background.So we will look at those things.I have read some of the names (on possible candidates), I have heard some of the names, I have received some calls.But I will reserve, we will reserve that to assess until we have a little more time to find out who may be out there, and then we will find the best person. ”

At Hockey Night in Canada on Saturday, Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman reported that an agent could actually become the next GM for the Canadiens.

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“The person I think they’re interested in, who’s an agent, is Kent Hughes, who was born in Montreal, he’s bilingual, (and is) now in the Boston area,” Friedman said. “So there’s a connection to Gorton because they’re both there. Among (Hughes’) client list are (Boston Bruins’) Patrice Bergeron, (Pittsburgh Penguins’) Kris Letang and former Vincent Lecavalier of Quartexx Management. I think he is on Montreal’s radar as a candidate.

“From what I’ve been told, there has been no contact at this time,” Friedman added. “And Gorton said yesterday that they have not reached out to interview anyone. But I think he’s one of the agents or the agent on Montreal’s radar.”

The 36-year-old Bergeron is in the final season of his eight-year contract of $ 55 million.

Gorton said Friday he does not expect to name a new GM until after Christmas.

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