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Habs Daily: Canadian Trade Partners, Xhekaj’s Scoring, Slafkovsky



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

Habs News

  • As the NHL’s March 8 Trade Deadline looms, we took a look at whether the Montreal Canadiens could improve the four Canadian teams currently in a playoff position through a trade. As an aside, former Canadiens forward Sean Monahan scored a natural hat-trick on Monday against the Calgary Flames.  [Canadiens Trade Deadline: Assets That Could Improve Other Canadian Teams]


  • Many raised an eyebrow when the Canadiens selected Florian Xhekaj in the fourth round of the 2023 NHL Entry Draft. To be fair, Xhekaj was not rated very highly by many outlets due to his low scoring rate, but he’s flipped the script since being given an opportunity to play in the top six. He’s almost tripled his production while scoring several highlight-reel goals.  [Habs Prospect Report: Florian Xhekaj Seizing His Opportunity]


  • The Laval Rocket announced they have signed veteran goaltender Kasimir Kaskisuo to a one-year deal (2023-24). Kaskisuo, 30, has been excellent for the Rocket since joining the team in late December. He has a 5-1 record, not to mention a .923 save percentage. He has been instrumental in the Rocket’s chase for a playoff berth and has provided important insulation for prospect Jakub Dobes.


  • Juraj Slafkovsky could end up playing for Slovakia this summer at the World Championship, but general manager Kent Hughes has yet to discuss the topic with the youngest player in the lineup.

  • One of my favourite prospect analysts, David St-Louis, released a very interesting video documenting the recent changes and improvements in Slafkovsky’s play. As is always the case in hockey, keeping the statistics in mind is crucial, but so is analyzing actual footage. The stats tell us what happened, but the footage explains why it happened.

National Hockey Now Network

  • Some may be wondering why Nashville Predators center Mark Jankowski was reassigned to the Milwaukee Admirals on Sunday only to be recalled back to the team on Monday afternoon. [Nashville Predators]
  • The Philadelphia Flyers are reportedly still undecided on the future of pending free-agent defenseman Sean Walker. Walker, 29, was brought over by the Flyers from the Los Angeles Kings in the summer and has scored five goals, 15 assists, and 20 points in 56 games.[Philadelphia Flyers]

  • When the Pittsburgh Penguins raised a banner emblazoned with Jaromir Jagr’s No. 68 Sunday, it joined several others already in the rafters at PPG Paints Arena. There were, for example, the ones commemorating the franchise’s five Stanley Cups, as well as those celebrating the other players who have had their numbers retired, Mario Lemieux and Michel Briere. [Pittsburgh Penguins]