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Sunday Habs Headlines: Looking at the free-agent options other than John Tavares who could take a top-line role

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In today’s links, looking at the potential impact Joe Thornton or Paul Stastny could have on the Habs, the Canadiens sign an OHL forward, a need for change at the AHL level, and more.

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Montreal Canadiens news and notes

  • Other than John Tavares, there may not be many free-agent options to take over top-line duties for the Habs next season. A look at two of the other candidates. [RDS | Google Translate]
  • If you missed the news last night, the Canadiens signed undrafted OHL forward Hayden Verbeek to an entry-level contract. [EOTP]
  • With yet another failure of a season for the Canadiens’ minor-league affiliate winding down, it’s time for change in the AHL. [TSN690]
  • He just played his former team in the Buffalo Sabres, but Nicolas Deslauriers is very happy to now be with the Habs. [Buffalo Hockey Beat]
  • Joni Ikonen recorded his first post-season point in yesterday’s game:

Around the league and elsewhere

  • It’s college hockey free agent signing season, and one of the top defencemen will soon be off the board:
  • We looked at the talents Brickley can offer a team, concluding he is perhaps ready to play a role in the NHL right now. [EOTP]
  • Should they be able to make it in, the St. Louis Blues and Dallas Stars could upset a few higher seeds in the playoffs. [Sportsnet]
  • The Ottawa Senators will be offering a contract to Erik Karlsson on July 1, right at the beginning of the final season covered by his current deal. [NHL.com]