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Jesperi Kotkaniemi is already turning heads at development camp

2018 NHL Draft - Portraits Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images

Montreal Canadiens News and Notes

  • Ryan Poehling knows exactly what it's like to be in Jesperi Kotkaniemi's skates, and is very impressed by what he sees. [Canadiens]
  • Poehling isn't the only one who's been impressed by Kotkaniemi's attitude and performance thus far. [Sportsnet]
  • While various members of the team and staff have been impressed by Kotkaniemi, he has been impressed by Montreal. [The Athletic]
  • Poehling is turning heads of his own. [RDS]
  • Speaking of Poehling, the American is eager to go back and win that NCAA trophy for St. Cloud State. [Montreal Gazette]
  • Did you miss the scrimmage? Have no fear! The highlights are here! [Twitter]
  • If you'd rather read about the Red vs White game, the Habs have you covered. [Canadiens]
  • Max Domi has arrived in Montreal, and has a message for Habs fans. [Twitter]
  • When John Tavares turned down the Habs, he did them a favour...as bizarre as that sounds. [The Athletic]
  • Yesterday was the anniversary of a day most Habs fans would rather forget — it was the anniversary of “the craziest 23 minutes in NHL history”. [TSN]
  • Phillip Danault hit the links for charity with a few other NHLers, including Mark Barberio and Jonathan Drouin. [Video | Article]
  • Nicolas Deslauriers was also busy spending time with Zachary and the CHC Fondation. [Twitter]
  • As always, the Habs are looking for centres. Who might they find via free-agency? [Sportsnet]

Around the League and Elsewhere

  • With free agency upon us, Sean McIndoe breaks down the different kinds of free agency signings. [Sportsnet]
  • Tavares is taking his time deciding where to sign, and it may hold up the rest of the free agents. [NHL]
  • Tavares is definitely the big fish this year. So what does his own team have to offer him to stay in New York? [Yahoo Sports]
  • Todd Reirden will replace Barry Trotz as the head coach of the Washington Capitals. [TSN]
  • Newly re-signed Cap Devante Smith-Pelly is more than a playoff hero for black youth. [Washington Post]
  • Speaking of the Stanley Cup champions, they really are getting the band back together. Michal Kempny is the latest Cap to re-sign. [NHL]
  • It's official. Drew Doughty is going to be with the LA Kings for a long, long time to come. [NHL]
  • Evander Kane finally talks about why things didn't work out with the Jets and Sabres. [The Players’ Tribune]
  • Milan Lucic's agent is adamant that the Oilers have not approached them to waive Lucic's no-trade clause. [TSN]
  • Things have been really, really bad in Ottawa, but the uncertainty could provide big opportunities for the Senators’ prospects. [CBC]
  • Ryan Straschnitzki, one of the Humboldt Broncos paralysed in the crash, wants to remain involved in hockey, whether it's sledge hockey, or a front office job somewhere down the line. [TSN]