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

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

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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]