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Canadiens Daily: Richardson Leaves Canadiens; Lightning Strike Back

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The Montreal Canadiens have lost a valuable and beloved member of their coaching staff in Luke Richardson, who took over as head coach for the Chicago Blackhawks on Friday.

Who are some potential for Richardson on Marty St. Louis’ staff?

Not only is there a new addition coming to the coaching staff for the Montreal Canadiens but in less than two weeks, there will be new player prospects at the NHL Draft added to their growing prospect pool.

That, more Montreal Canadiens news, NHL trade rumours and the latest from the Stanley Cup Final in the MHN Canadiens Daily:

Montreal Canadiens

Chicago is Luke’s kind of town! Montreal Canadiens assistant coach Luke Richardson is set to take the head coach post for the Chicago Blackhawks.

With Richardson off to the Windy City, will the Montreal Canadiens go internal or external to replace him? If they do the latter, they could make a hire that will really spice up their rivalry with the Boston Bruins.

There are some good sleeper targets for the Montreal Canadiens to keep in mind for the 2022 NHL Draft.

Speaking of the draft, what should Montreal Canadiens general manager Kent Hughes and his staff have on their grocery list?

National Hockey Now

BOS: The Boston Bruins just interviewed Greg Cronin, the head coach of the Colorado Avalanche AHL affiliate, Colorado Eagles for their open head coaching post.

NYI: Former New York Islanders head coach Barry Trotz is going to take this season off to reset and be with his family after 23-straight seasons coaching in the NHL. Can we really blame him?

PGH: Is it time for the Pittsburgh Penguins to stop holding onto the past with Kris Letang and Evgeni Malkin and sign younger players that can still help them contend?

PHI: Philadelphia Flyers forward Joel Farabee underwent successful disc-replacement surgery in his cervical region Friday morning and could miss the start of the 2022-23 regular season.

WSH: If the Washington Capitals want to approve through unrestricted free agency this offseason, Sammi Silber says they should hone in on the new Western Conference champions, the Colorado Avalanche.

FLA: Longtime NHL head coach Paul Maurice feels reignited in his new job as head coach of the Florida Panthers.

DET: 40 years ago Friday, the Illitch family bought the Detroit Red Wings and pointed them back in the right direction.

COL: The Colorado Avalanche couldn’t close out the back-to-back defending Stanley Cup champions on home ice and will no head back to Tampa Bay after losing 3-2 to the Lightning in Game 5.

VGK: The Vegas Golden Knights are reportedly about to sign forward Reilly Smith to a three-year contract.

SJS: Despite his captaincy and stature, are the San Jose Sharks better with Logan Couture as a third-line center?

Canada Hockey Now

The Vancouver Canucks have added longtime NHL executive Dale Tallon to their hockey operations staff.

NHL

New York Rangers forward and Canadiens fan nemesis Chris Kreider underwent wrist surgery and is expected to be in recovery for 2-4 weeks.
Lightning forward Ondrej Palat is writing his paycheck on the 2022 unrestricted free agent market with his clutch scoring and play.

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