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Here are the Montreal Canadiens news items, highlights, and stories from Tuesday.

Montreal Canadiens News

  • The Montreal Canadiens are no longer playing, but it’s always entertaining to look back at some of the strong work put together by the team’s top line. Juraj Slafkovsky, Cole Caufield, and Nick Suzuki have created an impressive amount of chemistry in a very short time frame.

  • Finding a suitor for Carey Price’s contract won’t be easy, but once the Canadiens pay his $5.5 million bonus on July 1, it should be a little easier. The Habs don’t necessarily have to trade Price, but freeing up the funds currently tied to the long-term injured reserve (LTIR) would give general manager Kent Hughes more financial flexibility in trades and free agent negotiations. [Why The Canadiens Should Explore Trade Options For Carey Price]
  • While some executives aren’t ready to pull the trigger on drafting Russian forward Ivan Demidov in the top five, it should also be noted that many believe he’s a lock to be taken early in the first round. [Pre-Draft Nerves Improve Odds Demidov Available To Canadiens]
  • Apparently the NHL was not a big fan of Cap Friendly, which is why they never bought the website to ensure it would remain public. The league also considers salaries to be private information, despite putting a salary cap in place. It should also be noted the NHLPA publishes salaries every year.  [Alternative Salary Cap Website After Cap Friendly Goes Dark]
  •  The Four Nations Faceoff tournament is scheduled to take place in Montreal and Boston next year. The Bell Centre will host four games, including Finland versus Sweden and Canada versus the United States on February 15.

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  • The New Jersey Devils announced on Tuesday that they’ve added assistant coach Jeremy Colliton to the coaching staff. Last week, insider Elliotte Friedman explained he had heard Colliton’s name in the Devils’ ring for a potential coaching position alongside Sheldon Keefe. On Tuesday, Colliton’s hire became official. According to a team source, Colliton completes Keefe’s coaching staff. That means Ryan McGill, Chris Taylor, Sergei Brylin, and Goaltending Coach Dave Rogalski will all remain on Keefe’s staff. [New Jersey Devils]
  • Paul Maurice was in a decidedly better mood a day after captain Sasha Barkov was knocked out of Monday’s Game 2 win against the Edmonton Oilers on a high elbow from Leon Draisaitl. It certainly was not because of the weather. Although Maurice did not offer much of an update on Barkov’s status, one thing we could glean from his off-day media availability is that Barkov is in concussion protocol. When asked if Barkov could play in Game 3 on Thursday night — or even travel with the team to Edmonton on Wednesday afternoon — Maurice said everything but the words ‘concussion protocol’. [Florida Panthers]
  • It appears that Russian media outlet Legalbet has backed up Belarus Hockey on their initial report of Alexei Kolosov feeling unsettled in North America, bringing to the table further proof that the Flyers goalie prospect is unconvinced with the project in Philadelphia. [Philadelphia Flyers]