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Thursday Habs Headlines: How the Canadiens can make the most of a lottery pick

Here are your daily links, including the arguments in favour of picking Filip Zadina third overall, the timing of Rick Dudley’s departure, playoff suspensions, and more.

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Montreal Canadiens news and notes

  • Even though picking third overall could be great for the Canadiens, a lottery pick doesn’t look so great on a GM’s resume. [The Hockey Writers]
  • Filip Zadina, projected to go third overall at this year’s draft, is a talented shooter any team would be lucky to have. [The Athletic]
  • Choosing the third-highest-ranked prospect should come as a no-brainer for a team picking third in the draft. [The Hockey Writers]
  • Rick Dudley’s departure from Montreal comes at a very odd time: right before the draft. [The Athletic]
  • Habs prospect Alexandre Alain broke a franchise record while leading Blainville-Broisbriand to the QMJHL’s President Cup Final in their Game 7 victory over the Charlottetown Islanders. [Canadiens]
  • ICYMI: Lukas Vejdemo signed his entry-level contract on Wednesday. [EOTP]

Around the league and elsewhere

  • The NHL announced on Wednesday that the Bruins will play the Flames in two September exhibition games in China before the start of the 2018-19 season. [TSN]
  • The Dallas Stars have hired Denver’s Jim Montgomery as their new head coach. [TSN]
  • Digit Murphy has left her position as head coach of CWHL’s Kunlun Red Star, but will stay on as a member of the board. [The Ice Garden]
  • Tom Wilson received a three-game suspension for his high hit on Pittsburgh’s Zach Aston-Reese in Game 3 on Tuesday. [Japers’ Rink]
  • The argument to ban headshots entirely grows stronger everyday, especially in the playoffs. [Pittsburgh Post-Gazette]
  • The IIHF made its decisions on suspensions for the Swedish players and staff who refused to wear their silver medals during the WJC medal ceremony in Buffalo this year. [Blueshirt Banter]
  • If Kyle Dubas takes over as GM in Toronto, it could push the league even further away from the tradition of enforcers, which has been one of his notable contributions to the Toronto Marlies. [Pension Plan Puppets]
  • The NHL has announced finalists for the King Clancy award, but this year there are four finalists, instead of the usual three.
  • A lot has been said about Peter Chiarelli’s trading missteps, but it’s not the only thing worth scrutinizing about his time as a general manager. [Copper and Blue]
  • Julie Chu and Caroline Oullette took their daughter, Liv, out to the ball game on Wednesday night.