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European prospect preview: Mattias Norlinder takes his talents to Frölunda

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

Tommy Holl Norlinder sprinted up the prospect list last year, now he gets a shot with one of the top clubs in the world. “I have really high expectations on him. He should be a spark for our team. He should be known in the league as one of the best offensive defencemen in the league.” Frölunda’s head coach, Roger Rönnberg, doesn’t hold back when it comes to Mattias Norlinder. About a year ago, many Montreal Canadiens fans didn’t know what to expect from Norlinder. Eyes were firmly fixed — and rightly so — on college hockey for recent draft pick Cole Caufield, or on the KHL where Alexander Romanov resided. However, it d

Links: Joel Edmundson wants to be a leader

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

Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports The newest addition to the Habs blueline talks about playing for Montreal, predictions on who will be moved this offseason, and scouting challenges for 2020-21. Montreal Canadiens news and notes Joel Edmundson thinks he can be a leader on his new team. [Montreal Gazette] What impact will Edmundson have in Montreal? [

NHL’s top 20 UFAs of 2020: Latest rumours, reports

Source: Sportsnet.ca
Date: 2020-09-17

Over the weekend, the Montreal Canadiens sent a fifth-round pick to the Carolina Hurricanes in exchange for the negotiating rights to defenceman Joel Edmundson. Their gamble worked — the club signed Edmundson, who was scheduled to hit unrestricted free agency, to a four-year pact worth $14-million earlier this week – and it’s worth wondering if we’ll see more of these kinds of deals between now and the beginning of October as free agency officially heats up and more teams map out what will surely be one of the strangest off-seasons on record. Normally, there’s a crucial period right before free agency officially opens that allows teams to talk to pending UFAs. This courting period has been nixed this year to accommodate a shortened off-season, which means teams may need to be extra strategic about how they’re pursuing players, including tossing a draft pick in the ring like Montreal did for a possible payoff in the form of a free agent signing. As

'I want to be a leader,' Canadiens' new blue-liner Joel Edmundson says

Source: Montreal Gazette
Date: 2020-09-17

Defenceman Joel Edmundson made his family happy when he decided to sign a four-year, US$14-million contract with the Canadiens. Read More

To qualify or not to qualify, that is the question for the Canadiens

Source: Eyes On The Prize
Date: 2020-09-17

Photo by Chase Agnello-Dean/NHLI via Getty Images Restricted free agents await their fates. The annual National Hockey League calendar may have been altered due to the coronavirus pandemic, but key milestones have obviously not been eliminated entirely, simply delayed. October 6, at 5:00pm EDT, is the deadline to submit qualifying offers to pending restricted free agents. The time is rapidly approaching for the Montreal Canadiens to decide whether to give qualifying offers to their RFAs or to let them walk free as unrestricted free agents. It’s an annual exercise that is usually pretty evident for the most part, however there are sometimes cases of players on

Draft Profile: Tyler Kleven has size, but does he have the skill to match?

Source: Eyes On The Prize
Date: 2020-09-17

Rena Laverty / USA Hockey’s NTDP The defenceman plays a throwback style but is he able to adapt to the modern game? Even as the NHL game is changing, big-bodied defencemen remain on the shopping list of most teams in the league. Tyler Kleven is a big defensive defenceman from the United States Under-18 team, and though the squad wasn’t as strong as it was a year ago, he is one of the top bets from the team who could have his name called early. Birthplace: Fargo, North DakotaDate of birth: January 10, 2002Shoots: LeftPosition: DefenceHeight: 6’4”Weight: 201 lbs.Team: USA U-18 Development Program He doesn’t have offensive number

European prospect preview: Jacob Olofsson rejoins his team at a new position

Source: Eyes On The Prize
Date: 2020-09-17

Skellefteå AIK The Canadiens prospect finds himself on the wing for a team with strong centre depth, offering a chance to have more offensive impact. There has never been any doubt about Jacob Olofsson’s talent, however there has always been a discussion about his work ethic on and off the ice. The long off-season seems to have changed that. One of Skellefteå’s coaches, Stefan Hedlund, has been impressed with the Montreal Canadiens prospect’s rehabilitation after his season-ending shoulder injury. Olofsson also suffered a concussion this summer, and Mr. Hedlund points out that Olofsson looked for help outside the organisation, something that showcases a new professional approach. An injury is never g

Links: Carey Price took another step up in the record books

Source: Eyes On The Prize
Date: 2020-09-17

Photo by Mark Blinch/NHLI via Getty Images In today’s links, Price’s impressive stats from last season, Ylönen heads to Europe, alleged conspiracies, and what happened to the Golden Knights? Montreal Canadiens News and Notes Carey Price’s 1.78 goals-against average in the 2019-20 postseason was among the lowest ever recorded by a Habs goalie in one playoff year. [Canadiens NHL] Jes

#ICYMI: 300 new cases, outdoor praying, Habs sign defenceman

Source: Montreal Gazette
Date: 2020-09-17

Fall shutdown would be 'catastrophic' for Quebec economy: Legault Read More

#ICYMI: 300 new cases, Dawson statement, Habs sign defenceman

Source: Montreal Gazette
Date: 2020-09-17

Fall shutdown would be 'catastrophic' for Quebec economy: Legault Read More

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