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Habs Daily: Behind-The-Scenes Draft Video, Rebuild Questions



Montreal Canadiens Nick Bobrov

All the latest Habs news, recent Montreal Canadiens stories, as well as information from around the National Hockey League.

Habs News

  • The 2023-24 season is almost upon us, but the Montreal Canadiens still have a few pressing questions left to answer when it comes to the rebuild. [Three Questions Facing The Canadiens Ahead Of 2023-24]
  • Some members of the Habs are already in town, including Slafkovsky and the hard-hitting defenceman Arber Xhekaj. [Canadiens Behind-The-Scenes Draft Video]
  • Recent Habs draft pick Florian Xhekaj showed up to Hamilton Bulldogs camp measuring 6’4″, almost two inches taller than the last time he was officially measured.  [TVA Sports]
  • Speaking of the Xhekaj family, Arber was recently spotted getting new threads. Personally, I prefer the Led Zeppelin shirt he’s wearing, but NHL teams tend to prefer that their players wear suits. On a different note, there’s always a striking difference in size when an NHL player takes a picture with two regular people. I’ve met Xhekaj on a few occasions, and he towered over me, but I suppose I never took the opportunity to appreciate just how massive he is. More than anything, I paid attention to just how nice and approachable this young man was, despite being big enough to be the Hulk’s stunt double. When he’s off the ice he’s the epitome of a gentle giant.

  • 2023 fourth-round pick Bogdan Konyushkov is getting ready for his second season of KHL action with the Nizhny Novgorod Torpedo.

National Hockey Now Network

  • The NHL announced its schedule for nationally televised games during the 2022-23 regular season, and the Boston Bruins will have 15 games broadcast nationally on one of either ESPN, ESPN+, Hulu, ABC, or TNT. [Boston Bruins]
  • As Nikolai Kovalenko prepares to make his NHL debut next year, he’s in great (and familiar) hands. [Colorado Avalanche]
  • How the mighty continue to fall. ESPN and TNT released their national TV and streaming schedules for the 2023-24 NHL season, and unlike the Boston Bruins, the San Jose Sharks aren’t easily found. [San Jose Sharks]
  • The Pittsburgh Penguins have identified their new regional sports network. It will be called SportsNet Pittsburgh and will carry all regionally televised games during the coming season. Effective Oct. 2, the network will acquire and re-brand AT&T SportsNet Pittsburgh from Warner Bros. Discovery. SportsNet Pittsburgh’s daily operations will be managed by New England Sports Network, which also is owned by Fenway Sports Group. [Pittsburgh Penguins]
  • Filip Larsson is still harbouring disappointment over the way his time in the Detroit Red Wings organization wound down. At the same time, he is utilizing the life lesson he was learning from the failed experience to bolster him as he seeks to further his hockey career in Europe. [Detroit Red Wings]
  • Shayne Gostisbehere hasn’t played for the Philadelphia Flyers since the 2020-21 season. The defenseman was traded to Arizona in what felt like a change-of-scenery situation. Gostisbehere, 30, now is in Detroit, looking especially to help the Red Wing power play. He signed in Detroit as a free agent in July after playing 134 games with Arizona and 23 games with Carolina. [Philadelphia Flyers]
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