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MONTREAL — There’s never a dull moment when it comes to Montreal Canadiens hockey, but it’s not always possible to stay up to date with every breaking story. On Sundays, we recap the most exciting and relevant NHL news stories that you may have missed throughout the week so that you can stay in the Canadiens loop.

Monday

  • ICYMI: Top Montreal Canadiens prospect Lane Hutson signed his entry-level contract with the team. The contract kicks in this season, which acts as insurance that Hutson won’t be tempted to delay procedures and eventually sign with another team. [Canadiens Tank Watch: Lottery Odds Decided In Final Games]

 

 

  • Jacob Fowler and the Boston College Eagles faced Sam Harris and the Denver Pioneers for the NCAA National Championship. The Pioneers emerged with a 2-0 win due to an all-time performance by their goaltender, Matt Davis. In the end, Fowler may not have one a National Championship during his first season in the league, but he definitely cemented his place as one of the team’s top prospects.  [ Habs Prospects Canadiens Prospects Face Off At NCAA National Championship]

 

 

  • The Canadiens dropped Saturday’s game against the Ottawa Senators, losing 5-4 in the shootout. On top of improving their Draft Lottery odds, sniper Cole Caufield scored two goals, indicating he’s finishing the frustrating 2023-24 campaign on the right foot.[Canadiens Sniper Caufield Finishing Season On Right Foot]

Tuesday

  • There were no expectations in Hutson’s case, at least not from St-Louis. The Canadiens coach simply wanted the 20-year-old to enjoy his NHL debut. Hutson also signalled that having fun on the ice was a priority during game one.[Canadiens Practice: Hutson and St-Louis Discuss NHL Debut]

Wednesday

  • As expected, the Montreal Canadiens signed prospect Luke Tuch to a two-year, entry-level contract. There was a delay in the announcement as the parties agreed upon the start date, but Tuch’s camp finally acquiesced to a contract that kicks in next season.[Montreal Canadiens Sign NCAA Prospect To Entry-Level Contract]

 

  • Both Lane Hutson and Logan Mailloux played a starring role during the final game of the season. The youth movement appears to be in fine shape, as Juraj Slakovsky, Nick Suzuki, and Cole Caufield also made their mark. There is a lot of work left to do when it comes to the rebuild, but it is fair to say the Habs finished the season on a high note despite the shootout loss. [Canadiens Youth Movement Offers Glimpse Into Promising Future]

 

 

  • The youngest player in the lineup reached two important milestones on Tuesday night. Not only did Slafkovsky score his 20th goal of the year after tipping a Hutson point shot, but it also happened to be the 50th point of his season.

 

Thursday

  • While the Montreal Canadiens certainly grew from an individual standpoint, there is much work left to be done when it comes to the team’s results. The decisions made this summer will impact the franchise for the next decade, if not more. The temptation to hasten the process is real, but Kent Hughes and Jeff Gorton seem intent on sticking to the long-term plan. [Canadiens Management Preparing To Take The Next Step]

 

  • The Canadiens announced they have exercised a two-year contract extension option for Martin St-Louis, which means the bench boss will be under contract for another three years. While most of the attention has been placed on the individual growth of players this season, it must be said St-Louis also improved several aspects of his coaching.  [Martin St-Louis Contract Extension Points To Growth As Coach]

 

  • There was some good news from a health standpoint, as the forward Joshua Roy has been cleared to play after recovering from an injury that kept him out of action since mid-March. Roy, along with Jayden Struble, Justin Barron, and Logan Mailloux, will report to the AHL in an attempt to bolster the Laval Rocket’s playoff hopes. [Canadiens AHL Affiliate Receives Surprise Reinforcements]

 

  • Mailloux was also named to the AHL’s All-Rookie Team. The defencemen enjoyed a very solid season, as evidenced by his 14 goals and 33 assists in 70 games.

 

  • Despite reports to the contrary, defenceman Chris Wideman has not retired from the NHL.

 

 

Friday

 

  • There’s more to hockey than just points. However, there’s something to be said about Juraj Slafkovksy’s emergence season, particularly the second half of the year.

 

  • Speaking of Slafkovksy, the 20-year-old winger suggests the best is yet to come, both for himself and Habs fans.

  • The Habs are no longer playing, but there’s still a team based in Montreal that is involved in important hockey games. The PWHL Montreal chapter is involved in a heated race to the top of the standings with Minnesota and Toronto. An entertaining comeback against Minnesota on Thursday night now means first place is in striking distance for Montreal. [PWHL Standings]

 

 

Saturday

 

  • The Canadiens’ AHL affiliate, the Laval Rocket, will not participate in the 2024 AHL playoffs. Goals from Mitchell Stephens and Lias Andersson put the Rocket in a good position on Friday, but the Belleville Senators stormed back to score three consecutive goals. The Rocket have another game against the Senators tomorrow, but the result will be inconsequential as North Division playoff spots have all been spoken for.

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  • Legendary Canadiens bench boss Scotty Bowman thinks the Canadiens are doing good work when it comes to the rebuild.

  • It appears that Nick Suzuki will not be heading to the World Championship. Considering how much his workload with the Canadiens weighs on him, it’s reasonable to suggest he deserves a break.

  • Jordan Harris is one of the most affable players in the organization. He continues to play his part in the community by participating in charitable events.