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Habs Daily: Demidov’s KHL Contract, Canadiens Prospect Tiers

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Here are the Montreal Canadiens news items, highlights, and stories you may have missed during on Tuesday.

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The KHL announced it would be run independently of the Russian Hockey Federation (FHR), a significant change when it comes to the governing body of the top Russian hockey league. The KHL also announced they would officially honour foreign contracts, though it’s fair to say the league was already honouring NHL contracts under the FHR umbrella. Teams are free to come to agreements with KHL teams when it comes to particular players. This doesn’t mean top Habs prospect Ivan Demidov is on his way to Canada, but it does point to the possibility that the Montreal Canadiens will enter a transfer discussion with SKA St. Petersburg. [KHL And FHR Changes – Impact on Canadiens Prospect Demidov]

On Tuesday we revealed the first edition of our Montreal Canadiens Prospect Tiers, with five different tiers being established for the numerous Habs prospects in the organization. Ivan Demidov is one of two blue chip prospects, while the rest of the list is certainly up for debate. Check out the rankings and make sure to leave a comment if you agree or disagree with where we placed certain prospects. Don’t forget to keep it respectful in the comments, even if you vehemently disagree with someone. [Montreal Canadiens 2024 Prospect Tiers – NHL Potential]

NHL players are enjoying a well-deserved summer off from on-ice activities, but that doesn’t mean they can’t carve out a little time for the many young Habs fans around the world, as did Arber Xhekaj this weekend. 

Former Hab Torrey Mitchell had current Hab Lane Hutson on his podcast. They discussed a variety of topics, including Cole Caufield’s goal-scoring ability and the excitement that came with signing his first NHL contract.

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  • Wes Clark worked with current Pittsburgh Penguins president of hockey operations/GM Kyle Dubas for five seasons with the Toronto Maple Leafs. Despite wide speculation last summer that Clark would follow Dubas to the Penguins, that did not happen until Tuesday. [Pittsburgh Penguins]
  • After not making a qualifying offer to retain his rights, the Philadelphia Flyers officially let go of restricted free agent goaltender Carter Hart on July 1. Hart, 25, has been away from the Flyers since Jan. 23 after requesting and being granted a personal leave of absence. On Jan. 30, Hart was charged with one count of sexual assault in connection with the 2018 Hockey Canada sexual assault incident. Some believe he may continue his career in the KHL. [Philadelphia Flyers]
  • Even by NHL standards, Nikita Zadorov is a well-travelled man.  From Buffalo to Colorado, Chicago to Calgary and then on to Vancouver, the defenseman has added a new element to his game everywhere he has played in his 11-year career. Now, after signing a six-year, $30 million contract with the Boston Bruins last week, the 29-year-old Zadorov is seeking two things that have eluded him thus far: consistency and a championship. [Boston Bruins]
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