Are the Montreal Canadiens toying with the New Jersey Devils and the rest of the NHL ahead of the 2022 NHL Draft?
That, more Montreal Canadiens news, NHL trade rumors and reaction from the now-concluded Stanley Cup Final in the MHN Canadiens Daily:
Are Kent Hughes and the Montreal Canadiens playing mind games with the New Jersey Devils or are they really undecided on who to take first overall at the 2022 NHL Draft next Thursday?
Undecided or not, the Montreal Canadiens have stayed in touch with top NHL Draft prospect Shane Wright since the NHL Combine last month.
The Montreal Canadiens are interested in Winnipeg Jets centre and Quebec native Pierre-Luc Dubois but is he really worth the price it will cost to acquire him on the NHL trade market?
National Hockey Now
BOS: With just under a week to go, the Boston Bruins are set to hire Montreal native Jim Montgomery as their next head coach.
NYI: After being selected 152nd overall at the 2020 NHL Draft, New York Islanders prospect William Dufour has scripted quite a success story and he’s not even in the NHL yet.
PGH: The Pittsburgh Penguins will retain assistant coach Mike Vellucci after he lost out on the Bruins coaching sweepstakes but they lost their Director of Pro Scouting Ryan Bowness to the Ottawa Senators as Bowness was hired as the Senators new assistant general manager.
PHI: New Philadelphia Flyers head coach John Tortorella is searching for a home in a rural area outside of Philadelphia.
FLA: Who forgot Markus Nutivaara was on the Florida Panthers? I did.
DET: One of my favourite NHLers is calling it a career. Thanks for the hockey magic and memories Pavel Datsyuk.
COL: Denver police didn’t know who Colorado Avalanche defenceman Bo Byram was and almost threw him out of the Avalanche Stanley Cup parade Thursday.
VGK: Should the Vegas Golden Knights show more patience like the Avalanche did?
SJS: In a stunning move, the San Jose Sharks fired head coach Bob Boughner late Thursday night. The Sharks are in the process of hiring a new general manager so there’s a chance their new GM may have made such a move early in the season but still, with a wide open coaching market for the last two months, kind of a classless move buy a normally classy organization.