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Habs Daily: Xhekaj Talks Fights, Canadiens Prospect Rankings



Montreal Canadiens defenceman Arber Xhekaj

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

Habs News

  • Take a look at the latest edition of the Montreal Canadiens prospect power rankings and make sure to vote for the Habs prospects you think should be ranked ninth and 10th on the list! We changed things up a little since there’s very little movement due to the larger sample size, and there are several good candidates available for the final spot, including Florian Xhekaj, Vinzenz Rohrer, Cedrick Guindon, and Oliver Kapanen. [Canadiens Prospect Power Rankings: Fan Vote Time!]


  • Defenceman Arber Xhekaj discussed the impact his fights have throughout the locker room. “I feel appreciated by the whole team. It’s honestly the best feeling in the world when the crowd and your teammates react like that after a fight.”

  • Both Josh Anderson and Nick Suzuki were absent from practice on Wednesday, preferring to take a therapy day to mitigate any chances of an injury in the next stretch of games. [Canadiens Practice Notes]


  • Speaking of Suzuki, don’t look now, but the centre who was often described as a No.2 or 3 centre on a ‘good team’ is currently 15th in scoring among NHL centres. He’s also been listed by several data analysts as a player who should receive Selke votes this season. Most of the attention has been given to Juraj Slafkovsky and Samuel Montembeault this year, but there’s no denying Suzuki is enjoying a career season as he enters his prime years.

  • The good people over at Habs Fan TV continue to produce very entertaining content from a fan point of view, which is always important to remember and is often lost in the grand scheme of things.

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  • The Philadelphia Flyers should adhere to the old NHL adage, which tells the wise that you can never have too many goalies. Whatever happens with Carter Hart and his playing status remains to be seen, and there’s no guarantee that a prospect like Alexei Kolosov will come over to North America and be advanced enough to play NHL or AHL games right away. [Philadelphia Flyers]
  • Calgary Flames head coach Ryan Huska has done a bit of shuffling to his lineup following rookie general manager Craig Conroy pulling off a blockbuster trade of Elias Lindholm to the Vancouver Canucks on Jan. 31. A leader in even strength and penalty kill ice time among the Flames, the departure of the longtime minute-munching Swede coincided a team-wide rejuvenation that extends from the top to the bottom of the roster.

    [Calgary Flames]

  • For weeks now, Nashville Predators general manager Barry Trotz has been telling anyone who will listen that he is open to hearing out any trade offer for star goaltender Juuse Saros, but unless a team is willing to hand him the moon and the stars, a deal is unlikely to happen. But during a radio interview with 102.5 The Game on Tuesday, Trotz’s tune changed ever so slightly. [Nashville Predators]