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Here’s all the latest Montreal Canadiens news, highlights, and stories you may have missed on Monday.

Habs News

  • The Montreal Canadiens have eight healthy defencemen in the NHL, a big change for a team that has suffered more than its fair share of injuries in recent years. They also have eight healthy defencemen, as well as a trio of blueliners in the ECHL who are waiting for an AHL promotion. Given the team has a surplus of defencemen, adding a forward via trade would be a logical decision. [Montreal Canadiens Defensive Situation Ripe For Trade]
  • Kent Hughes reportedly shut down an interesting draft-day trade offer from the Philadelphia Flyers. According to the report, the Flyers offered prospect Cutter Gauthier in exchange for the fifth-overall pick, which the Canadiens used to select David Reinbacher. [Canadiens Reportedly Turned Down Cutter Gauthier Trade]
  • The Habs have surpassed expectations this year thanks to Samuel Montembeault’s excellent play, but there are a few good reasons why they still may end up with a top 5 pick at the 2024 NHL Entry Draft. [Top 3 Reasons The Canadiens Could Still Improve NHL Draft Odds]
  • Since returning from injury, Montreal Canadiens defenseman Arber Xhekaj has been playing his regular brand of steadfast hockey in the American Hockey League. However, it’s difficult to envision him being down there for much longer, as he is simply too talented to not be in the NHL.

  • Abby Newhook’s brother thinks you should head to a PWHL Montreal game. Tickets are going fast, with the first game at the Centre 21.02 already sold out.

  • Laval Rocket goaltender Kasimir Kaskisuo records an interesting blog which documents his life as a professional goaltender.



National Hockey Now Network

  • The New Jersey Devils’ injury luck has been absolutely brutal this season. Learning that Jack Hughes was injured enough to miss Saturday’s contest against brother, Quinn, and the Vancouver Canucks was devastating enough. Yet, the hockey gods kicked the Devils while they were down by losing veteran defenseman Jonas Siegenthaler on the same night. [New Jersey Devils]
  • Mike Sullivan hates young players. The Pittsburgh Penguins are too old. And young players never get a chance. Those are the barbs lobbed at the Penguins daily, and the spreadsheet indeed shows the Penguins roster is the oldest team in North American pro sports. Their average age is approaching 31 years old. [Pittsburgh Penguins]
  • The Philadelphia Flyers made a shocking move on Monday, trading top prospect Cutter Gauthier to the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for Jamie Drysdale and a 2025 second-round pick. However, it wasn’t much of a surprise for Flyers GM Danny Briere, who said the move was a long time coming. Gauthier was the de facto reason for the Jamie Drysdale trade. [Philadelphia Flyers]