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Thursday Habs Headlines: Byron Froese to take the ice Down Under

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Here are your daily links, including Byron Froese’s trip to represent Canada in the Ice Hockey Classic, analysis of Bergevin’s comments leading up to the draft, and more.

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Montreal Canadiens news and notes

  • Byron Froese is heading to Australia and New Zealand to represent Canada in the 2018 Ice Hockey Classic. [Canadiens]
  • With plans to keep the third-overall pick at this year’s draft, Marc Bergevin believes fans of the team will be rewarded after recent tough times. [Sportsnet]
  • After speaking with the Canadiens’ GM, Mike Zeisberger believes the Habs will be going for speed at the draft, hoping to join the quick teams rising to the top of the league. [TSN 690]
  • The Habs may stick with Jonathan Drouin at centre for a while longer, with slim pickings at the 2018 draft. [TSN]
  • If Bergevin does decide to go for a centre at the draft, one of the best options is Jesperi Kotkaniemi. [Montreal Gazette]

Around the league and elsewhere

  • By leaving David Perron unprotected in the expansions draft, Doug Armstrong may have actually been protecting the Blues’ long-term goals. [St Louis Game Time]
  • The reasons some penalty calls may decrease in the final minutes are ultimately unknown, but the numbers do reveal trends many already suspected. [Hockey-Graphs]
  • The Ottawa Senators have re-signed Magnus Paajarvi to a one-year extension after claiming him off waivers from St. Louis earlier this year. [Senators]
  • Slava Voynov wants to come back to the NHL, but the league is waiting to see if that would even be a legal possibility, due to Voynov’s domestic violence arrest in 2014. [TSN]