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Thursday Habs Headlines: Mikhail Sergachev among top NHL prospects

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Here are your daily links, including the biggest need for the Habs, where Sergachev ranks among NHL prospects, and Julien’s 1000th game.

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Montreal Canadiens News and Notes

  • Canadiens’ first-round pick Mikhail Sergachev ranks as the fourteenth-best drafted prospect in the NHL. [TSN]
  • Greg Pateryn’s name has been on the trade market for a long time according to Bob McKenzie. [TSN 690]
  • Claude Julien had high praise for Artturi Lehkonen following Tuesday’s game against the Rangers, citing his two-way play in particular.
  • Elliotte Friedman suggests that not only were other teams speaking with Julien about becoming their coach, but another offer was on the table - likely from Las Vegas. [SN]
  • Martin Lemay muses on TSN 690 that the Habs are in need of help at forward more than they are on the blue-line. [TSN 690]
  • Speaking of Julien, the Habs head coach is approaching the illustrious 1000 game mark in the NHL. [RDS]
  • Daniel Carr missed the St. John’s Ice Caps last game for unknown reasons. [Twitter]
  • Eyes on the Prize will be introducing a new podcast in the near future, and we’re asking for your input:
  • Henrik Lundqvist showed some love to Carey Price after the Habs’ goaltender made a tremendous diving save in the dying seconds of overtime on Tuesday. [NHL]

Around the League and Elsewhere

  • Take a look at all of the top trade deadline targets, including some big names the Habs have been linked to. [SN]
  • Kevin Shattenkirk has received much of the attention when it comes to rental defencemen, but who else might be available? [BSB]
  • San Jose Sharks blue-liner Brent Burns is having an unbelievable year, and may become the first defenceman since Bobby Orr to win the Art Ross. [SN]
  • Bill Foley cited the volume of paperwork yet to be completed as a reason the Vegas Golden Knights won’t be active at next week’s trade deadline. [LVRJ]
  • Harnarayan Singh of Hockey Night Punjabi goes into detail on how the show started, and the early struggles with making the job work. [TPT]
  • Wendel Clark, along with his former team in the Toronto Maple Leafs, have been helping Syrian refugees adjust to life in Canada. [NHL]
  • Calder hopeful Patrick Laine poked fun at his NHL home when asked how he’ll be spending his bye week:
  • With the Ottawa Senators on track to qualify for the playoffs in the Atlantic Division, who would be the best - or worst - first-round match-up for the Sens? Where would the Habs rank? [SSS]
  • Vitaly Kravstsov became the youngest player to ever score in the KHL Playoffs at 17-years-old. [Twitter]