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Canadiens Daily: Panthers’ Loss Helps Habs; Blues Condoning Racism?

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The downfall of the Florida Panthers and potential downfall of the Calgary Flames in the Stanley Cup Playoffs is helping the Montreal Canadiens.

Why haven’t the St. Louis Blues publicly condemned the racial slurs and death threats at Colorado Avalanche forward Nazem Kadri yet?

That, NHL trade rumours, Stanley Cup Playoffs news and more in your MHN Canadiens Daily:

Montreal Canadiens

The Montreal Canadiens will draft higher at the 2022 NHL Draft thanks to the Florida Panthers, the President’s Trophy winners, being swept by the Tampa Bay Lightning.

If the Panthers let their emotions from that embarrassing sweep to the Tampa Bay Lightning control their offseason, the Montreal Canadiens will pick even higher in the 2023 NHL Entry Draft thanks to the Ben Chiarot trade.

Former Montreal Canadiens forward Alexander Semin announced his retirement.

National Hockey Now

BOS: Will the Boston Bruins reshape their top 4 defencemen pairings even more and add a player like unrestricted free agent-to-be John Klingberg to their blue line?

NYI: Former New York Islanders forward Frans Nielsen retired from hockey after Denmark was bounced from the World Championships.

PGH: Will Rickard Rakell sign back with the Pittsburgh Penguins or test unrestricted free agency?

WASH: Washington Capitals captain Alexander Ovechkin is starting his offseason training earlier this summer.

FLA: As being swept by the Columbus Blue Jackets in the first round of the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs was for the the Tampa Bay Lightning, could being swept by the Lightning in the second round of the 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs be a stepping stone for the Florida Panthers

COL: Colorado Avalanche head coach Jared Bednar and Nazem Kadri‘s teammates couldn’t be prouder of the Av’s center who handled racist and death threats with dignity and poise.

VGK: The Vegas Golden Knights need a shootout specialist to help them get that extra point more often.

Canada Hockey Now

Calgary: After beating the Calgary Flames in Game 4 of the Battle of Alberta on Tuesday, the Edmonton Oilers and Connor McDavid are now one win away from their first Western Conference Final since their improbable run to Game 7 of the 2006 Stanley Cup Final.

VAN: Will the Vancouver Canucks trade forward Brock Boeser this offseason?

NHL

St. Louis Blues forward David Perron was fined for being a bonehead and trying to injure Kadri in Game 4.

Perron isn’t the only member of the Blues being a tone deaf bonehead; the entire St. Louis Blues organization is failing miserably when it comes to condemning racism. Their silence on the topic speaks volumes.

The Carolina Hurricanes can’t win on the road and can’t lose at home. Thankfully for them they will have home advantage in Game 7 if their Eastern Conference semifinals series with the New York Rangers goes seven games.

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