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Canadiens Daily: Slafkovsky’s LTIR Impact, Projecting The Habs

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Montreal Canadiens head coach Martin St-Louis

Breaking down how Juraj Slafkovsky and Arber Xhekaj were essential to the Montreal Canadiens’ LTIR plan.

The consolidated points projections for the Montreal Canadiens this upcoming season, as well as individual projections for forwards Nick Suzuki, Cole Caufield, and Juraj Slafkovsky.

A closer look at 5 big questions facing the Montreal Canadiens this seasonn

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

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Take a look at the consolidated points projections for the #GoHabsGo this upcoming season, as well as individual projections for forwards Nick Suzuki, Cole Caufield, and Juraj Slafkovsky:

Will Cole Caufield keep up his preseason goal-scoring rate? Can the defence hold? Is Connor Bedard a possibility for the #GoHabsGo? A closer look at 5 big questions facing the Montreal Canadiens this season:

The Canadiens chose to start Juraj Slafkovsky in Montreal and “paper” Arber Xhekaj to Laval; a shrewd move by GM Kent Hughes. It not only helped them maximize their LTIR, but also ensured they can rotate their prospects without cap penalties.

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CGY: Brad Treliving has been busy with his signings this summer. Now that he’s completed his work with the players, the Calgary Flames turned his attention to the bench.

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NYI: The sucess of the New York Islanders will require Kyle Palmieri to go back to his scoring ways. Does he have it in him?

BOS: The Boston Bruins are proving they meant it when they said they needed more energy and speed this season.

PGH: We probably won’t know for a while what kind of return the Pittsburgh Penguins will get on Ron Hextall’s decision to keep his veteran core intact for at least a few more seasons.

PHI: Tanner Laczynski didn’t take the standard climb to earn a spot on the Philadelphia Flyers’ opening-night roster. The sturdy 25-year-old center did it through perseverance and hard work. And by overcoming lots of surgeries in a short span.

WSH: On Monday afternoon, Aliaksei Protas saw his name on the Washington Capitals main roster. The 21-year-old, in shock, called his wife and parents, who are still in Belarus, to share the news and celebrate.

FLA: The Florida Panthers set their initial roster for the 2022-23 NHL season on Monday evening and will start with only 20 players, leaving them shorthanded to start the year.

DET: Detroit Red Wings showing patience and prioritizing development by sending top prospects to Grand Rapids instead of rushing them to the NHL.

VGK: It may have come the day before the start of the regular season, but the Vegas Golden Knights have finally signed restricted free-agent defenseman Nicolas Hague.

SJS: The San Jose Sharks have set their opening night roster…for now.

DAL: Dallas Stars prospect Wyatt Johnston has made the team, but the real test is just beginning.

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