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Montreal Canadiens goalie Cayden PRimeau

All the latest Montreal Canadiens news, highlights, and stories from Friday.

Habs News

  • TSN updated their ‘Trade Bait’ board, with four Montreal Canadiens players listed. Goaltenders Jake Allen and Cayden Primeau lead the charge as the most likely players to be traded. Veterans Sean Monahan and Mike Matheson also made the list. [Top Montreal Canadiens Players Considered Trade Bait]
  • Speaking of Monahan, he’s among the Habs players who have found their rhythm despite the inconsistency involved in a rebuild. Due to his strong play in recent games, so is Juraj Slafkovsky. [Handful Of Habs Players Impressing Despite Inconsistent Start
  • Cole Caufield isn’t scoring as much as anticipated, but head coach Martin St-Louis is not overly worried given that Caufield has improved his defensive play this season.

  • David Reinbacher played a game against Genève-Servette HC on Friday afternoon. Kloten was outplayed significantly, as has been the case during most of their games this season, but Reinbacher played well, all things considered. His mobility was excellent, and his anticipation was much better than in previous games. He earned one assist in the loss, but more importantly, he was playing with confidence. As it stands, Kloten is still at risk of finishing their season among the bottom-two clubs in the NL, which means they’d have to participate in the league’s ‘playout’ to determine relegation and promotions. The NL’s regular season ends in early March, but if Kloten is forced to play in the playout, Reinbacher’s arrival in Laval will be delayed a little.



National Hockey Now Network

  • Pittsburgh Penguins coach Mike Sullivan couldn’t help himself. He laughed as he shared how Patric Hornqvist attacked water bottles on the bench with his stick. Sullivan even acted it out for the media. Captain Sidney Crosby chuckled and said he had too many great memories of playing with Hornqvist. Some he could share, and some he couldn’t. The Florida Panthers are honouring Hornqvist during their game with the Penguins on Friday night at American Bank Arena. [Pittsburgh Penguins]
  • Leave it to a Yale-educated athlete like Detroit Red Wings goalie Alex Lyon to come up with a perfectly esoteric description of life as a professional goaltender. “It’s just a big puzzle,” Lyon said. [Detroit Red Wings]
  • Former Hab Artturi Lehkonen, who injured his neck back on Nov. 9 against the Seattle Kraken, resumed light skating. According to a team official, there is no timeline yet for his return, but the mere fact that he’s back on the ice is encouraging news. [Colorado Avalanche]