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Habs Wrap: Aatos Koivu, Mock Draft, Owen Beck, Trade Talk

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MONTREAL — There’s always Montreal Canadiens content to absorb, but there are only so many hours in a day. 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: The Montreal Canadiens are interested in trading for Martin Necas, but Kent Hughes is far from the only interested general manager throughout the league. No team is yet to convince the Carolina Hurricanes that dealing Necas is the right decision, however, a surplus in Montreal could lead to the framework of a potential deal. [Montreal Canadiens Among Teams Interested In Top Trade Target]
  • A closer look at the pre-draft value of the Habs picks slated for the 2024 NHL Entry Draft reveals the haul is among the most valuable in recent team history, both in quality and quantity. [Habs Analysis: Pre-Draft Value Of 2024 Montreal Canadiens Picks]
  • FC Hockey has put together an interesting 2024 mock draft tool which lets you pick for any organization, while the remainder of the picks are automated.  [FC Hockey]
  • The Habs signed prospect Oliver Kapanen to a three-year, entry-level contract. Kapanen had a slow start to his season, but finished on a strong note, including seven goals and seven assists in 13 playoff games. If Kapanen fails to earn an NHL roster spot at camp, the expectation is that he’ll be loaned to Timra IK in the SHL rather than heading to the AHL to play with the Laval Rocket. For the record, his father, Kimmo, is Timra’s general manager.

 

Tuesday

  • The Canadiens haven’t released their pre-season schedule yet, but we do know of at least two games thanks to other NHL teams.

  • Some of the Canadiens are enjoying their summer by heading to Ireland to take part in Jake Evans’ wedding.

Wednesday

  • With the NHL Draft quickly approaching, it’s time to reveal our Mock Draft of the entire first round. All 32 picks, including write-ups for every selection. [MHN 2024 NHL Mock Draft: First-Round Picks (No.1-No.32)]
  • ICYMI: We need your help! Don’t forget to vote in the latest Habs fan poll to cast your vote as to how satisfied you are with the current state of rebuild, including trades, drafts, coaching, and more.  [Habs Fans Vote – State Of The Canadiens Rebuild & Management]
  • The NHL Trade Market is officially open, with several trades happening on Wednesday. Former Canadiens trade target Pierre-Luc Dubois was moved to the Washington Capitals in exchange for 34-year-old goaltender Darcy Kuemper. Despite paying a them ransom to acquire Dubois in the first place, the Kings quickly pulled the plug on the experiment just one year into his eight-year contract, which carries a ridiculous $8.5 million annual average value. He’s just 25-years-old, which means he has time to rebound, but the decision to avoid further trade negotiations with the Winnipeg Jets last summer was a wise decision by Canadiens general manager Kent Hughes. [Canadiens Wisely Avoided Upping The Ante In The Dubois Trade Negotiations]

Thursday

  • We had a chance to sit down with top Montreal Canadiens prospect Owen Beck to discuss a bevy of topics, including how he will approach the upcoming training camp, his trust in the organization, learning with the young group of core players, the Memorial Cup, and much more. We also discussed how Paul Byron helped Beck improve his game throughout the season. [Canadiens Interview: Top Prospect Owen Beck Excited For Future]
  • Mark Masters spoke to top 2024 prospect Cayden Lindstrom about the possibility of being drafted by the Habs at fifth overall. Some may shy away when it comes to the spotlight in Montreal, but Lindstrom suggests he’d thrive in that situation. [MHN Interview With Top 2024 Prospect Cayden Lindstrom]

Friday

  • This isn’t technically Canadiens news, but it’s worth noting nonetheless. Apparently, some teams are floating the idea of potentially signing Carolina Hurricanes forward Martin Necas to an offer sheet because they believe the price set by Carolina is unreasonable. For the record, the Canadiens do have the assets available to put together an offer sheet, but that’s just about where the speculation ends, as it seems unlikely Kent Hughes and Co. will go down that road. [Canadiens Among Teams Interested In Trading For Necas]

Saturday

  • In a surprising move, Laval Rocket head coach Jean-Francois Houle parted way with the organization to become the head coach at his Alma mater, Clarkson. We won’t bemoan Houle for his decision, but the timing is rather curious given that he signed a three-year contract extension with the team just three weeks ago.  [Canadiens And Houle Part Ways]
  • Every day produces another mock draft in which the Canadiens end up with top forward prospect Ivan Demidov.

  • The NHL’s buyout period opens 48 hours after the Stanley-Cup clinching game, which means it’s time to take a look at some of the potential Montreal Canadiens buyout targets to judge whether heading down that route is the right decision in both the short and long term. [3 Potential Buyout Targets For The Montreal Canadiens In 2024]
  • Top goaltending prospect Jacob Fowler is keeping busy during the summer as he prepares for his sophomore season with the Boston Eagles in the NCAA.

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