Thursday Habs Headlines: Montreal’s draft strategy relies on much more than just fitness testing

Here are your daily links, including Pierre Allard’s combine evaluation, prospects still in the hunt for the Memorial Cup, and more.

Montreal Canadiens news and notes

  • Pierre Allard opts for a balanced approach when weighing talent at the NHL Combine. [Canadiens]
  • Will Bitten and the Hamilton Bulldogs will continue on their way to the Memorial Cup final this weekend. [Canadiens]
  • After the Sweden’s gold medal at the World Championships, Ray Ferraro provided his take on Jacob de la Rose and expectations. [Montreal Gazette]
  • The Laval Rocket have added Daniel Jacob as an assistant coach. [EOTP]
  • Antti Niemi could give Carey Price enough of a break during the upcoming regular season to have a strong playoff performance similar to Marc-Andre Fleury’s. [The Athletic]
  • With young talent like Charlie Lindgren waiting in the wings, is a one-year deal for Niemi the right call? [TSN 690]
  • Off-season targets for the Habs should include some help on defence, and there may be several viable options available this summer. [Last Word on Hockey]
  • Habs prospect Jake Evans answered some fan questions on the team site this week:/

Around the league and elsewhere

  • The New York Rangers made all the rumours official on Wednesday with the announcement of new head coach, BU’s David Quinn. [Twitter]
  • With the departure of Mark Hunter, the Leafs have named Brandon Pridham the team’s new Assistant GM. [TSN]
  • Oliver Wahlstrom has always been a special player, and he’s ready to prove that to the team that drafts him next month. [The Athletic]
  • Owners of the Regina Pats knew they would lose money by hosting the Memorial Cup, but decided the event was worth it for the community. [CBC]
  • After being a healthy scratch in the team’s final game of the playoffs, Toby Enstrom was not present for locker clean-out day in Winnipeg. [TSN]
  • The Golden Knights may be lucky, but their success isn’t owed to a rigged system. [ESPN]
  • KHL defenceman Ilya Lyubushkin has signed a one-year deal with the Arizona Coyotes. [TSN]/

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