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Sunday Habs Headlines: Draft Lottery date could be affected by coronavirus

In today’s links, potential regular-season postponement could push lottery back, coronavirus concerns cancel Women’s Worlds, and Drouin resumes skating,

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

Montreal Canadiens news and notes

  • The NHL Draft Lottery is currently scheduled to take place just before the playoffs begin on April 9. But that date is a bit uncertain, because it’s possible coronavirus concerns lead to rescheduled games, which may cause the regular season to run longer into April. [Sportsnet]
  • A first-hand look at Brendan Gallagher’s net-front training drills. [YouTube]
  • If you missed the news yesterday, Jesperi Kotkaniemi is back in Montreal after spending Friday night in a Columbus hospital, as evaluation continue on a spleen injury. [EOTP]
  • Jonathan Drouin is getting closer to another return to the lineup:
  • A former personal care attendant for Jean Beliveau was encouraged by Le Gros Bill’s family to pursue a career in the culinary arts, and he’s now a part owner of a restaurant in Montreal. [CTV]

Around the league and elsewhere

  • The 2020 Women’s World Hockey Championship in Truro and Halifax has been cancelled due to coronavirus fears, but Nova Scotia will host the 2021 tournament. [IIHF]
  • How the media covers the NHL may be affected as well. []
  • Roberto Luongo had his number retired ahead of last night’s game between Montreal and Florida. []
  • The Seattle NHL franchise has put together a diverse operations team, ensuring they will explore all angles of every challenge they’ll face. [Sportsnet]