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Friday Habs Headlines: Timmins — “Everyone [at CSKA] knew” Alexander Romanov was NHL-bound

In today’s links, Trevor Timmins talked Romanov, scouting, and drafting during a conference call, looking at where the Habs were and are, and more.

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Montreal Canadiens news and notes

  • Assistant General Manager Trevor Timmins said on a conference call that he believes that Alexander Romanov will commit to the Canadiens organization next year. [TSN | La Presse]
  • Timmins also explained the difficulties in scouting and preparing for the draft with the Covid-19 pandemic. [Sportsnet | Montreal Gazette | RDS]
  • The current situation in Slovakia is similar to that in Canada, says Tomas Tatar. [RDS]
  • Want to rate the team’s staff/players/prospects? Take The Athletic’s Canadiens fan survey. [The Athletic]
  • How has the team evolved under Marc Bergevin’s tenure? [La Presse]
  • The Canadiens are in a strange place, argues ProHockeyTalk’s season in review. [ProHockeyTalk]
  • Carey Price and Jonathan Drouin rank as disappointments, while Nick Suzuki was a pleasant surprise. [ProHockeyTalk]
  • What is the long-term outlook for the team? [ProHockeyTalk]
  • Retro recap: Guy Lafleur, wearing the fleur-de-lis of the Quebec Nordiques, plays his last game in Montreal. []

Around the league and elsewhere

  • Former Chicago Blackhawks captain Pat Stapleton has died due to complications following a stroke. [Second City Hockey]
  • “If disappointment had a colour, it would be teal.” The six best cap-era teams to not win a Stanley Cup. [Sportsnet]
  • The Athletic’s NHL beat writers predict the first 15 picks of the upcoming draft. [The Athletic]
  • After a broken leg in January, Dougie Hamilton is ready to play again. [ESPN]
  • Most fans say that they won’t go to games without a vaccine for Covid-19. [ESPN]
  • Minor sports in Quebec are facing a major crisis thanks to the pandemic. [La Presse]
  • Lucas Raymond and Alexander Holtz are Sweden’s next generation of stars. [The Athletic]