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Habs Daily: Encouraging Rebuild Signs, Ylonen, Reinbacher



Montreal Canadiens Joshua Roy

A look back at the latest Montreal Canadiens news, highlights, and stories you may have during the weekend.

Habs News

  • The Montreal Canadiens have struggled to get results in recent games, but they’ve actually played much better than they did at the start of the year. Unfortunately, the improvements when it comes to the team’s process have not resulted in wins due to the goaltending normalizing, but as it stands the Habs are amid one of their best streaks when it comes to controlling the pace of the play. They don’t have the talent to win close games, at least not yet, but the recent play has been a big step in the right direction in terms of the long-term rebuild plans.  [Canadiens Rebuild: A Silver Lining Emerges Amid Difficult Stretch]


  • The match-up on Saturday against the New Jersey Devils followed the same script as the previous games. The Canadiens controlled the play, which means they had more quality scoring chances as well as expected goals. Special teams let them down, and the Devils won 4-3, but that also means the Habs also improved their lottery odds while continuing their solid 5v5 play. [Another Very Good ‘Rebuild Loss’ For Canadiens Versus Devils]


  • There’s an update on the David Reinbacher situation, which pertains to when he may arrive in North America. One of the scenarios that could have led to him arriving earlier seems to be no longer possible. Only two Swiss League teams have the proper arena and financial backing to earn a promotion to the National League. If either Visp or Olten failed to be crowned champions, it would mean the second playout would no longer be necessary. But both Visp and Olten won their quarterfinal matchups, and they will be moving on to the semifinals. For more information, make sure to take a look at our detailed explanation as to when you should expect Reinbacher to arrive.  [Canadiens Prospect Reinbacher’s Expected North American Arrival]

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  • Jesse Ylonen had a decent 2022-23 season, both in the NHL and AHL. But 2023-24 has not been kind to the 24-year-old forward. With the NHL trade deadline on the horizon, Ylonen may have an opportunity to earn more ice time and show the Canadiens that he should be part of the team’s plans moving forward.  [What Should The Montreal Canadiens Do With RFA Jesse Ylonen?]


  • The Laval Rocket’s playoff push took a big hit during the weekend thanks to back-to-back losses against the Toronto Marlies. The Rocket are now five points out of a playoff spot in the North Division. There are still 22 games left to play in the season, but the team cannot afford to lose more games against divisional rivals.

Montreal Canadiens Laval Rocket


  • Defenceman Arber Xhekaj stole the show on Sunday when the team hosted its yearly skills competition. The hard-working blueliner hit 107.2 mph during the hardest shot competition. Zdeno Chara holds the record for the hardest shot in the NHL, with 108.8 mph.

National Hockey Now Network

  • Things have gone from bad to worse for the New Jersey Devils. They barely managed to beat the Habs, following it up with a lifeless 4-1 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning on Sunday. Head coach Lindy Ruff took the blame for the team’s lack of results.  [New Jersey Devils]
  • Some teams have been calling the Philadelphia Flyers about a potential trade involving Nick Seeler and Sean Walker. [Philadelphia Flyers]

  • The American Hockey League may be more about development than ever before, but rookie professionals playing for the first time against men can be made to feel like they walked into the wrong saloon without Patrick Swayze’s skills. [Boston Bruins]