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Friday Habs Headlines: The Montreal Canadiens could be looking to add another first-round pick

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In today’s links, the Habs are looking to maximize their draft haul, Barry Trotz moves from Washington to Long Island, and trade rumours around the league.

2017 NHL Draft - Rounds 2-7 Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images

Montreal Canadiens news and notes

  • Elliotte Friedman believes Marc Bergevin is looking at add another first-round selection in the NHL Draft. [Sportsnet]
  • Marc Bergevin says that the odds of him trading the 3rd overall pick are very thin. [RDS]
  • “We’re ready,” declares Trevor Timmins. [Montreal Gazette]
  • The 33-year history of Habs first-round picks is ugly. [Montreal Gazette]
  • Keep an eye on Max Pacioretty, who may be traded during draft weekend. [TSN]

Around the league and elsewhere

  • The salary cap will officially increase by $4.5 million to $79.5 million next season. [ESPN]
  • Joe Veleno has no regrets about applying for exceptional status. [La Presse]
  • Nick Boynton is joining the concussion lawsuit against the NHL and has donated his brain to science. [TSN]
  • The legal, moral, and contractual issues at play for any NHL team interested in signing Slava Voynov. [The Athletic]
  • With a new owner and front office team, the Carolina Hurricanes might be busy on draft weekend. [ProHockeyTalk]
  • Why the Ottawa Senators should give the 4th overall pick to the Colorado Avalanche. [Sportsnet]
  • You’ve heard this before, Edmonton: the Oilers are apparently willing to move the 10th overall pick in this year’s draft for a defenceman. [ProHockeyTalk]
  • Is Shayne Gostisbehere a future Norris Trophy candidate? [Broad Street Hockey]
  • Barry Trotz is the new head coach of the New York Islanders. [Lighthouse Hockey]
  • It was a conversation with new GM Lou Lamoriello which excited Barry Trotz about the prospect of joining the Islanders. [ProHockeyTalk]
  • Alex Ovechkin says that Trotz’s departure is sad, but is also part of the business. [TSN]
  • Does adding Trotz pave the way for John Tavares’ return to Long Island? [The Athletic]
  • Minister for Sport Kirsty Duncan declares that national sporting organizations which fail to immediately disclose allegations of abuse within their ranks risk losing federal funding. [CBC]