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Habs Daily: Canadiens Prospect Rankings, Monahan Trade Value

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Have a look at all the latest Montreal Canadiens news, highlights, and stories you may have missed during the weekend.

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  • Hockey Insider Elliotte Friedman brought up an interesting trade scenario involving Montreal Canadiens veteran Sean Monahan. He suggested the New York Rangers should be interested in the centre, especially now that they have lost Filip Chytil for the entire season. But would a trade make sense? [Canadiens Prospect Power Rankings: Mailloux And Beck Shine]

 

  • Canadiens fans are well aware there’s a strong possibility the team will trade forward Sean Monahan. There have been rumblings about the potential return, with some expecting a first-round pick coming Montreal’s way. TSN Hockey Insider Pierre LeBrun chimed in on the discussion during the latest edition of Insider Trading. “The Canadiens will most likely be dealing him, though they haven’t completely closed the door on him about a possible extension,” said LeBrun. “All things being equal, I think he’s going to get dealt. Word is right now is that teams have not put their best foot forward yet. Teams seem to want a couple more weeks before becoming serious about Sean Monahan. Could Sean Monahan fetch a first-round pick? Talking to a couple of teams today, a lot of people point to his low, less than $2 million AAV, and say yes, especially if the Habs would be willing to eat 50 percent of that.” [Pros And Cons Of Potential Montreal Canadiens Sean Monahan Trade]

 

  • A Habs scout was in attendance to watch the Ottawa Senators and the Detroit Red Wings play. What does it mean? Probably nothing, seeing as that’s what scouts do, they scout. But it’s always interesting to keep a close eye on where the members of various scouting teams end up prior to the NHL’s Trade Deadline.

 

  • In addition to discussing Monahan, the TSN Insiders also mentioned New York Rangers forward Kaapo Kakko is available on the NHL’s trade market. Kakko has just five goals and one assist in 28 games this season, though we do have to admit his ice time is limited. Last year he managed 18 goals and 22 assists in 82 games. He’s the type of reclamation project Canadiens general manager Kent Hughes likes to take on. The 22-year-old is still relatively young and possesses some untapped potential.

 

National Hockey Now Network

 

  • Arseni Gritsyuk is playing the best hockey of his professional career overseas. Perhaps the fact that Gritsyuk is skating for one of the top teams in the KHL, SKA Saint Petersburg, has something to do with it. SKA holds an impressive 33-16-3 record, second overall in the entire league. Regardless, the fact of the matter is that Gritsyuk is thriving with a talented group around him. [New Jersey Devils]
  • With just one game left before the All-Star break, the Nashville Predators have some serious questions in front of them. They’ve shown flashes of being a good team, but they are far from being an elite team. So, what are fans to do with that? [Nashville Predators]

  • The New York Islanders are approaching a decision point. As the NHL’s trade deadline draws closer, team president and general manager Lou Lamoriello must determine what moves he will or won’t make and what direction he wants to take the team in the immediate future.[New York Islanders]
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