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Friday Habs Headlines: Canadiens will host draft in 2021 or 2022 if this year’s event limited

In today’s links, the Habs are in line to get either the 2021 or 2022 NHL Entry Draft to compensate for losing the 2020 one, how the team’s players are coping with social distancing, and an Avalanche player has tested positive for Covid-19.

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2019 NHL Draft - Round One Photo by Dave Sandford/NHLI via Getty Images

Montreal Canadiens news and notes

  • Although the postponement of the NHL Draft means that the Canadiens may not host in 2020, the NHL says that they will they will get the draft in 2021 or 2022 as compensation. [TSN (Video) | The Athletic]
  • The Habs’ players are coping with the coronavirus in different ways. [Montreal Gazette]
  • The Canadiens are doing well when it comes to helping the more vulnerable members of their organization. [Journal de Montreal]
  • Eric Engels presents his all-time Canadiens dream team for a hypothetical Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals. [Sportsnet]
  • The full “too-many-men” game is now available on YouTube. [NHL Classic Games (YouTube)]

Around the league and elsewhere

  • A player on the Colorado Avalanche has tested positive for Covid-19, but has recovered from the disease. [Sportsnet]
  • Before the season halted, the Washington Capitals were showing no hesitation in playing their stars for extended shifts. [TSN]
  • Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin hope that the NHL just jumps into the playoffs upon resumption. [Sportsnet]
  • The Dallas Stars’ brass have taken 50% pay cuts in an attempt to mitigate the effects of the suspension of the season on team staff. [ESPN]
  • The NHL is avoiding the inevitable by not cancelling the regular season, argues Greg Wyshynski. [ESPN]
  • With not much else going on, college free agents have the hockey world’s attention on them right now. [ProHockeyTalk]
  • What is the long-term outlook for the Carolina Hurricanes? [ProHockeyTalk]
  • Players and teams are both trying to stay connected with fans during the stoppage. [TSN]
  • How will artificial intelligence and data tracking be used in the NHL? [Radio-Canada]

The wide world of sports

  • The cancellation of the bulk of the sports calendar is revealing the thin financial margins for Canada’s Olympians. [Sportsnet]