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Sunday Habs Headlines: If the rookies are going to develop this season, they need to be trusted with ice time

In today’s headlines, coming up with a plan for the rest of the season, a potential ask for Pacioretty, updates on Drouin’s injury, Kessel challenge for the Art Ross, and more.

Anaheim Ducks v Montreal Canadiens

Montreal Canadiens news and notes

  • If this season is all about making evaluations for next year, why did rookies Victor Mete and Nikita Scherbak see so little ice time yesterday? [Sportsnet]
  • A trade of Max Pacioretty could net a significant haul, according to Nick Kypreos. Keep in mind that these picks would be coming from a team likely picking late in each round of the draft:
  • Jacques Demers took in the game between the Canadiens and Ducks yesterday, and got a loud cheer when he was shown on the scoreboard. [Canadiens.com]
  • If you missed it yesterday, Jonathan Drouin left the game after being hit with a slapshot, but x-rays were negative, and he will be re-evaluated today. [EOTP]
  • Michel Lacroix was busy training the next public address announcer for the team yesterday: young Habs fan Laura. [Canadiens.com]
  • Lukas Vejdemo is now up to 20 points on the season:

Around the league and elsewhere

  • Did the return for Matt Duchene kill this year’s trade deadline market? [Mile High Hockey]
  • Phil Kessel could very well be this year’s Art Ross Trophy winner. [NBC Sports]
  • T.J. Oshie was fined for cross-checking Kris Letang. [DoPS]
  • SB Nation’s Tampa Bay Lightning site is asking fans of the team to vote on the Top 25 players in the organization’s history. One writer suggests that Manon Rhéaume should be considered for the list. [Raw Charge]
  • Let’s forget this season for the Buffalo Sabres. Maybe even next season for the Buffalo Sabres. But how about taking a look at the 2019-20 Buffalo Sabres? [Die By The Blade]