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Wednesday Habs Headlines: The Canadiens were working on a deal to land Ryan O’Reilly at the draft

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In today’s links, another draft deal that never came to pass, the plan now that the draft went as it did, and looking ahead to the next draft-eligilbe Finns.

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Montreal Canadiens news and notes

  • The Canadiens may have been close to landing Ryan O’Reilly at the NHL Entry Draft. [Sportsnet]
  • Never in the running for John Tavares, the Canadiens appear to be setting their sights on Paul Stastny. [TSN]
  • The decision to select Jesperi Kotkaniemi over a player like Filip Zadina signifies a longer-term approach to building the Canadiens roster. Free agency will let everyone know if that is indeed the approach. [La Presse | Google Translate]
  • With Kotkaniemi being just one of the Finns the Habs have selected over the last few years, it may be a good idea to get to know the top Finnish prospects for the 2019 draft. [FinnProspects]
  • Cole Fonstad was getting nervous as the draft went on without his name being called, but that turned to excitement when he learned he had been picked by the Canadiens. [paNOW]
  • The Canadiens have difficulty scoring goals, and therefore the decision to part with Daniel Carr makes little sense. [The Athletic]
  • Nikita Scherbak and Youppi! are back in the Taxi Tricolore. [YouTube]

Around the league and elsewhere

  • The NHL knows hits to the head should be eliminated, but appears to be hesitant about making a rule change that may have immediate results on the physical nature of the game. [New York Post]
  • Ken Dryden spoke on the subject of concussions in a radio interview yesterday. [Sportsnet]
  • Willie O’Ree is finally going to be inducted in the Hockey Hall of Fame. [Sportsnet]
  • He will be joined by Martin Brodeur, Martin St. Louis, Alexander Yakushev, Jayna Hefford, and Gary Bettman. [TSN]
  • The Winnipeg Jets have re-signed Joe Morrow to a one-year deal. [Arctic Ice Hockey]
  • Adding a player of Ilya Kovalchuk’s calibre is great for the Los Angeles Kings, but there will be some concerns about the 35-year-old winger. [Jewels From The Crown]
  • Jett Woo, drafted by the Vancouver Canucks, could be the first representative of what China hopes will become a strong future in the NHL. [CBC]