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Links: Putting Jesperi Kotkaniemi’s season performance in context

Source: Eyes On The Prize
Date: 2020-09-19

Photo by Chase Agnello-Dean/NHLI via Getty Images In today’s links, what Joel Edmundson brings to the team, what Marc Bergevin might need to do and the resurgence of Russian goaltending. Montreal Canadiens news and notes Where does Jesperi Kotkaniemi’s performance rank among his peers this season? [NHL] Joel Edmundson brings some well needed physicality to the Canadiens blue line. [

Canadiens Can Address Scoring in 2020 NHL Draft

Source: The Hockey Writers
Date: 2020-09-18

The Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) has begun its training camps and hockey families across Canada begin development camps prior to their local tryouts at all levels — the traditional start of the hockey season is in full swing. Oddly, the NHL is about to begin the 2020 Stanley Cup Final and offseason moves […] The post Canadiens Can Address Scoring in 2020 NHL Draft appeared first on The Hockey Writers.  

Hickey on hockey: Canadiens likely to dangle Domi in bid to add offence

Source: Montreal Gazette
Date: 2020-09-18

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Penguins re-sign forward Jared McCann to two-year contract

Source: Sportsnet.ca
Date: 2020-09-18

The Pittsburgh Penguins have re-signed forward Jared McCann to a two-year contract with an average annual value of $2.94 million, the team announced Friday. McCann posted career-highs in assists (21), points (35) and power-play points (six) in 66 appearances this past year. The 24-year-old also appeared in three Stanley Cup Qualifiers games for the Penguins against the Montreal Canadiens, picking up an assist. “Jared is a good offensive player who can play center or wing,” Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford said in a press release. “We saw improvement in his play this year and feel that there is more upside to

Scotty Bowman: A Coach’s Life

Source: The Hockey Writers
Date: 2020-09-18

On a chilly late October evening outside the doors of the Eric Maclean Center for the Performing Arts on the campus of Loyola High School in Notre-Dame-de-Grâce (NDG), a line of people is starting to form. Some of them are wearing now ill-fitting Montreal Canadiens hockey jerseys emblazoned with the names and numbers of hockey […] The post Scotty Bowman: A Coach’s Life appeared first on The Hockey Writers.  

Canadiens’ addition of Edmundson brings balance to blue line at fair value

Source: Sportsnet.ca
Date: 2020-09-18

MONTREAL — The text that came in from a Western Conference executive was a balanced and informed assessment of Marc Bergevin’s decision to trade for and sign Joel Edmundson. “Good deal,” the executive said of the four-year, $14-million contract Edmundson signed with the Montreal Canadiens on Wednesday. “They’re going to like him. Great team player, according to people who know him well. Not fun to play against. Good complement to skill D. He’s a 4-5, so slightly overpaid for where he slots. “But term is good, and that’s better than what Montreal would’ve paid in [the] UFA market. He was going to be in

NHL Rumors: Canucks, Oilers, Canadiens, Maple Leafs, Coyotes, More

Source: The Hockey Writers
Date: 2020-09-18

In today’s NHL rumor rundown, TSN’s Frank Seravalli named 10 players most likely to be traded this offseason and there are some interesting names on the list. Teams like the Edmonton Oilers, Arizona Coyotes and Dallas Stars have some surprising names included, but the Vancouver Canucks saw two players make the top-ten list. In Montreal, […] The post NHL Rumors: Canucks, Oilers, Canadiens, Maple Leafs, Coyotes, More appeared first on The Hockey Writers.  

Is Phillip Danault right to ask for a bigger role with the Canadiens?

Source: Eyes On The Prize
Date: 2020-09-18

Photo by Chase Agnello-Dean/NHLI via Getty Images The Victoriaville native is the team’s best defensive centre, but is he worth trading for more offensive help? If you’re accustomed to living life in a penthouse, it’s hard to swallow being told your future will be in the basement. It could be the life Phillip Danault is forced to live as a Montreal Canadien. A few weeks back, Danault told the media that he might not be ready to accept playing a reduced offensive role as

Likeliest Canadiens Defensemen to Move with Edmundson Signed

Source: The Hockey Writers
Date: 2020-09-18

With Joel Edmundson now signed, Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin must logically shift his attention to at least one other defenseman. No one but presumably Bergevin knows who for sure, though. It’s not someone to sign, either. Rather, it’s a Habs defenseman who must be traded to clear up the clog on the left […] The post Likeliest Canadiens Defensemen to Move with Edmundson Signed appeared first on The Hockey Writers.  

Draft profile: Thomas Bordeleau did it all for the USNTDP

Source: Eyes On The Prize
Date: 2020-09-18

Rena Laverty / USA Hockey’s NTDP Great 200-foot play helped allay many concerns about his height. National Hockey League staffs are beginning to come around on smaller offensive prospects, no longer writing off a player standing under five-foot-ten no matter his level of talent. Too many players who were disregarded on the basis of their height alone have gone on to be stars in a new era that focuses on skating speed and tempo. Shorter players with skill will get their opportunities in a game where you can’t just latch onto an opponent and take away all of his space. The shift in mindset allowed Cole Caufield to be taken in the first half of the opening round in 2019, and it’s going to benefit

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