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MHN Daily: Xhekaj Shines, Trade Talk, Canadiens Top Line Woes

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Montreal Canadiens

  • The Canadiens lost yet another frustrating game in Florida, but the silver lining was the impressive play of Arber Xhekaj, who continues to enjoy a great rookie season.
  • The Montreal Canadiens continue to struggle when it comes to finding a player that fits alongside Nick Suzuki and Cole Caufield, other than Kirby Dach. But one thing is clear, Joel Armia and Josh Anderson are not the solutions.
  • Despite earning seven points in his last 10 games, New York Rangers forward Alex Lafreniere was made a healthy scratch in Wednesday’s matchup against the Tampa Bay Lightning. The Canadiens may want to take the opportunity to inquire about Lafreniere’s trade cost.
  • Forward Juraj Slafkovsky was the second most researched player in 2022 according to Elite Prospects, trailing only Connor Bedard in popularity.

 

National Hockey Now

  • NYI: The New York Islanders have suffered several injuries this season, but head coach Lane Lambert does not think it’s a matter of opponents targeting his players.
  • BOS: The Boston Bruins seem to be cooking dinner in the New Jersey Devils’ kitchen.
  • PGH: The Pittsburgh Penguins may have to do without star defender Kris Letang for a while, but it could lead to a big opportunity for Ty Smith.
  • PHI: Philadelphia Flyers goaltender Sam Ersson has shaken some of the nerves from his NHL debut, and should be in a better state of mind for his second start.
  • WSH: The Washington Capitals received some great news on the injury front as T.J. Oshie ditched the non-contact jersey at practice.
  • FLA: The Florida Panthers were well-served by Sasha Barkov‘s return to action in Thursday night’s matchup against the Canadiens, as the elite forward immediately made an impact by scoring a hat trick in the first period
  • DET: The Detroit Red Wings’  big comeback victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins was history-making.
  • VGK: The Vegas Golden Knights could be suitors for Flyers forward James Van Riemsdyk.
  • SJS: San Jose Sharks defender Nikolai Kryzhov is approaching a return to play.
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Justmyopinion

Exploring LaFreniere options are only worthwhile if we give up someone minimal that we’re planning to trade anyways. How about Drouin and Armia for Lafreniere straight up. Rangers know exactly what they’re getting and we get a reclamation project. The only difference is that he’s younger…sorta like Drouin was 5 years ago but at least it won’t cost our 1st rd pick who is now the heir apparent in Tampa.

James

Guess nothing happing for coming year for canadiens

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