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Friday Habs Headlines: Targeting the best player available

In today’s links, the Habs won’t have to consider positional requirements when they draft this year, looking ahead to the opportunities that the Draft presents for the organization, and teams across the NHL continue to shape their rosters.

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2015 NHL Draft - Rounds 2-7 Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images

Montreal Canadiens news and notes

  • The Canadiens are returning to a policy of “best player available” for the Entry Draft. [Montreal Gazette]
  • Maybe unsurprisingly, picking at number 15 is proving to be five times the work as picking at number 3. [Montreal Canadiens]
  • But the staff have amassed a shortlist of at least 20 names as candidates for that selection. [Montreal Canadiens]
  • This promises to be an unpredictable draft for the Habs. [La Presse]
  • This draft affords the team a chance to put an exclamation mark on their prospect pool. [The Athletic]
  • Marc Bergevin’s comments on the search for a backup to Carey Price.
  • Cole Fonstad and Allan McShane have been invited to Team Canada’s junior development camp starting at the end of July. [Montreal Canadiens]

Around the league and elsewhere

  • Trading Tyson Barrie would be a bad idea for the Colorado Avalanche. [ProHockeyTalk]
  • Kevin Shattenkirk could be the odd man out on the New York Rangers blueline. [Blueshirt Banter]
  • The Vancouver Canucks have re-signed Alexander Edler to a two-year contract worth $6 million per annum. [Sportsnet]
  • Corey Perry is still hungry to chase a second Stanley Cup after being bought out by the Anaheim Ducks. [TSN]
  • Ryan Callahan has been advised to cease playing professional hockey after being diagnosed with a degenerative back disease. [TSN]
  • It’s time to revoke general manager voting privileges for the Vezina Trophy. [Anaheim Calling]
  • Max Talbot has announced his retirement.