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Wednesday Habs Headlines: Claude Julien is remaining positive but realistic

In today’s links, the Canadiens head coach talks about the present situation, wondering whether Cam Hillis has earned a contract with the club, and John Hynes is using the break to get acquainted with his new charges.

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Montreal Canadiens news and notes

  • Claude Julien is remaining positive in hopes that the season will return, but at the same time, he’s being realistic in understanding that it won’t until Covid-19 is under control. [Sportsnet]
  • Julien also divulged that Jesperi Kotkaniemi is recovering from his spleen injury in Finland. [TSN]
  • The Canadiens are well positioned to take advantage of their cap space this offseason, should they choose to. [The Athletic]
  • Swiss League and KHL teams are reportedly interested in Charles Hudon’s services. [La Presse]
  • Cam Hillis rebounded beautifully from a slow start this year in an effort to convince the Habs to sign him. [RDS]

Around the league and elsewhere

  • A third Colorado Avalanche player has tested positive for Covid-19, bringing the total to eight members of NHL organizations. [ProHockeyTalk]
  • Newly hired Nashville Predators coach John Hynes is using the hiatus to study up on his new players. [ProHockeyTalk]
  • The postponement of the 2020 Summer Olympics gives the NHL a deeper window into the summer for any resumption of play. [TSN]
  • Non-playoff teams are using their time wisely as they wait for a final decision on the 2019-20 season. [The Athletic]
  • Every lottery team’s biggest need for the 2020 NHL Entry Draft. [The Athletic]
  • The racist harassment directed at K’andre Miller during a recent team-hosted video chat shows why the NHL can’t just “stick to sports.” [Blueshirt Banter]
  • New York Rangers prospect Vitali Kravtsov is offering to help the elderly residents of Vladivostok during Covid-19.
  • Brian Burke does not enjoy being called a liar by Mike O’Donnell.
  • It’s time to play for Team Canada.