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Check out the latest Montreal Canadiens news, highlights, and stories you may have missed Monday.

Habs News

  • On Monday the Montreal Canadiens hit the ice for their first practice without forward Sean Monahan, who was traded to the Winnipeg Jets. As expected, the lineup was far from ideal, with Jake Evans serving as the second-line centre between Tanner Pearson and Jesse Ylonen. Newcomer Brandon Gignac anchored the third line with Lucas Condotta and Josh Anderson. Michael Pezzetta was practicing as the fourth-line centre, however, there’s a chance head coach Martin St-Louis runs with just 11 forwards and seven defencemen versus the Washington Capitals. On the bright side, the first line looked familiar, as Juraj Slafkovsky was reunited with Cole Caufield and Nick Suzuki.

 

Cole Caufield – Nick Suzuki – Juraj Slafkovsky

Tanner Pearson – Jake Evans – Jesse Ylonen

Lucas Condotta – Brandon Gignac – Josh Anderson

Rafael Harvey-Pinard – Michael Pezzetta – Joel Armia

 

  • Monahan’s absence should lead to opportunities for players who have had a hard time finding their rhythm this season. There are plenty of candidates in the lineup hoping to turn things around down the final stretch of the schedule. [Top-3 Canadiens With Something To Prove Down The Stretch]
  • Goaltender Samuel Montembeault was named the team’s recipient of the Molson Cup in January. Montembeault maintained a .909 save percentage throughout seven starts for the Habs.

  • One of the unfortunate realities of being a rebuilding team involves losing players as the NHL’s Trade Deadline approaches. Understandably, Canadiens forward Cole Caufield is a little uneasy with the process.

 

National Hockey Now Network (TW/SA)

  • The London, Ontario Police Service held a press conference on Monday, Feb. 5th, addressing the 2018 Hockey Canada sexual assault allegations. During the conference, the Ontario Police provided a brief description of an additional charge New Jersey Devils forward Michael McLeod is facing. [New Jersey Devils]
  • It appears that Calgary Flames blue-chip prospect Matthew Coronato brings more to the table than just filling the net. The 13th overall draft selection found himself in a Saturday night brawl with fellow AHL All-Star Brandt Clarke in what concluded with a takedown by the Flames sniper. Clarke, the 8th overall selection in 2021, gave the 21-year-old a run for his money but ultimately succumbed to a takedown. [Calgary Flames]

  • The Philadelphia Flyers, as well as the other teams affected, will receive salary cap relief for the players charged in the 2018 World Junior Championships Hockey Canada criminal proceedings. Carter Hart, who was charged with sexual assault, was designated non-roster status by the Flyers on Feb. 1. [Philadelphia Flyers]
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morrisk

Yikes!!!…

Lines 2-4:

Tanner Pearson – Jake Evans – Jesse Ylonen

Lucas Condotta – Brandon Gignac – Josh Anderson

Rafael Harvey-Pinard – Michael Pezzetta – Joel Armia

With that lineup, injuries, trades, and remaining Strength of Schedule, I’d say we are def looking at a Tank. Its possible to get to the 4th spot for the Draft, but nothing better than that, due to the other Tankees at/below #3 already have at least a 10 pt cushion (assuming no movement up via the Lottery).

If Habs can get to #4, that guarantees a shot at selecting C. Lindstrom. If they get to #5 or #6, then a deal would have to be made to move up a spot or two to get him. Regardless, if the Habs by some small miracle don’t get into the top 3, Lindstrom is the ONLY selection option IMO – must get him!

Pierre B.

I also feel that Cayden Lindstrom, a 6’3.25″ 210 lbs left-handed center, would be a great fit with the Canadiens. Up to now, my compilation of rankings places Lindstrom as the 4th best forward in the 2024 draft, but nearly equal to the 3rd best, an elite goalscorer named Cole Eiserman. Interestingly, there are 3 big defensemen who are also ahead of Lindstrom. Again, the difference is insignificant, but teams that needs help on defense ahead of the Canadiens will have 2 LHD and 1 RHD to choose from. My conclusion is that, if the draft was today, Lindstrom could be drafted anywhere between #3 and #7.