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Habs Daily: Trevor Zegras Trade Interest, Arber Xhekaj’s Impact



Montreal Canadiens trade target Trevor Zegras

Take a look back at the latest Montreal Canadiens news, highlights, and stories you may have missed on Wednesday.

Habs News


  • We already covered the risks involved in trading for a player like Zegras. He’s certainly talented, and he’d provide the type of offensive boost the team desperately needs, but there are some red flags in his game. [Pros And Cons Of Potential Trevor Zegras Trade]


  • The Habs lost to the Sabres on Wednesday at the Bell Centre, but there were a few positive elements to take from the game. Notably, Joshua Roy continues to provide the Habs with quality hockey during most of his shifts. And we can’t ignore the play of Arber Xhekaj, who doesn’t just bring a much-needed physical element to the table, he also provides offence, and he happens to own the best underlying numbers of all defencemen this season. If you don’t understand why fans immediately made Xhekaj a fan favourite, you probably have a hard time understanding why people love watching hockey in the first place.  [Arber Xhekaj Dominant In Hard-Fought Loss To Buffalo]


  • The Laval Rocket may be playing without most of their best players due to injuries and NHL call-ups, but they’re still giving an honest effort every night. The Rocket beat the AHL’s top team, the Hershey Bears, on Wednesday night thanks to a nice shootout goal by defenceman Logan Mailloux.


  • Okay, this is adorable. Take a look at Cole Caufield when he was shorter than a raspberry bush.


  • There are still two Habs names appearing on most NHL trade bait boards: Tanner Pearson and Jake Allen. [TSN – Trade Bait Board]

National Hockey Now Network

  • Throughout the grind of the NHL season, some games simply fade to memory as various plays, dates and arenas all get blurred together  For the New York Islanders, though, their game against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Tuesday night will not be one of those. Instead, their 5-4 overtime win at PPG Paints Arena will stand out as a pivotal moment when their season is all said and done. However, what they do with it will determine whether it’s for good or bad. [New York Islanders]
  • The Winnipeg Jets are apparently willing to tango as a Philadelphia Flyers trade partner. The Flyers have scouted many Western Conference teams this year, just as the Jets have scouted many Eastern Conference teams. However, the two sides have scouted each other a substantial amount in recent months.[Philadelphia Flyers]

  • Kyle Dubas remained noncommittal Wednesday about whether the Pittsburgh Penguins will be buyers or sellers — or neither — between now and the March 8 NHL trade deadline. That decision, he suggested, will be determined by how the Penguins perform — and where they stand in the Eastern Conference playoff race — as the deadline gets closer.[Pittsburgh Penguins]