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Sunday Habs Headlines: Draft Lottery format not expected to change

In today’s links, no alterations are expected for the lottery, the Petrys support local restaurants and hospital workers, Taylor Hall begins contract talks, and Lafrenière looks forward to his future.

2019 NHL Lottery Draft Photo by Kevin Sousa/NHLI via Getty Images

Montreal Canadiens news and notes

  • While the regular season and playoff formats may see changes when hockey resumes, the draft lottery isn’t expected to be altered. [National Post]
  • Julie and Jeff Petry have opened tabs at two Montreal restaurants to support medical professionals in the area:
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ATTENTION MONTREAL HOSPITAL EMPLOYEES‼️ . . Julie and I are constantly thinking of all those on the front lines helping take care of others during this unthinkable time all over the world, but especially back in Montreal. They have taken such good care of us & our kids over the years we can’t help but have those doctors, nurses and staff members on our hearts during this unfathomable time! The around the clock hours they are working to help fight this crazy virus is nothing short of heroic. I’m sure they would say “I’m just doing my job”, but to us it’s more than that. These selfless individuals are not only putting themselves at risk, but are also dealing with the same stresses that come along with these circumstances when they go home. We want them to know we are thinking of them & supporting them. . The Petrys just want to say thank you! But even “thank you” doesn’t seem like enough. A small way we can show our support is by offering a meal from a couple of our favorite local restaurants. So, starting tomorrow March 29th, @mandysalads (Westmount location only 514-227-1640 ) and @notreboeufdegrace (NDG location only 514-369-9090) will each have $2,500.00 tabs open for hospital employees to call in an order to pick up on us (they can also deliver as well.) All you have to do when you call in your order is tell them you work for the hospital, and make sure you present your hospital ID/ badge upon pick up (limit one meal per employee). We hope this meal will give you a smile during this stressful time! ♥️ The Petry Family . . #healthcareheroes #mtl

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  • With the signing of Cam Hillis seeming all but imminent, a reminder of the events that took place at the 2018 NHL Draft as Trevor Timmins was hoping to select him. [TVA Sports]
  • Game 2 of the 1993 Stanley Cup Final was defined by a measurement for an illegal curve. Eric Engels spoke with referee Kerry Fraser about the situation. [Sportsnet]
  • Looking back at Jacques Plante’s sixth Vezina Trophy win, which came 58 years ago yesterday. [The Big Lead]
  • Andrew Berkshire answers some analytics-related questions, including one about Montreal’s shot quantity versus quality. [Sportsnet]
  • Rafaël Harvey-Pinard is hoping to make a career out of hockey, but he’s not putting all his eggs in that basket, using this time to add to his collegiate course load. [La Presse]

Around the league and elsewhere

  • Alexis Lafrenière is looking forward to joining the young core of talent on whichever lottery team wins the chance to draft him. [Sportsnet]
  • Taylor Hall and the Arizona Coyotes have begun talks on a contract extension. []
  • Aging NHL players who may be set for retirement, and those who still have plenty left in the tank. [NBC Sports]
  • A second player from the Colorado Avalanche has tested positive for COVID-19. []
  • Construction on the New York Islanders’ new arena has been halted by the coronavirus. []
  • KHL forward Alexander Barabanov is looking to make the jump to the NHL. [TSN]
  • Bauer isn’t just shifting its own production capacity to making medical face shields, but opening the design up to other manunfacturers to get more of them made. [TSN]
  • Unlikely to ever win the Stanley Cup? Dylan Nowak decided to build his own instead: