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.
Vitali @Kravtsov is offering to help the elderly residents of Vladivostok get their groceries and essentials during #Covid_19 #PlayLikeANewYorker pic.twitter.com/IgRnxm64lz— Gillian Kemmerer (@gilliankemmerer) April 7, 2020
- Brian Burke does not enjoy being called a liar by Mike O’Donnell.
Brian Burke said his @AnaheimDucks made the @NHLBruins a better trade offer for Joe Thornton than what they got from San Jose in 2005.— Greg Wyshynski (@wyshynski) April 7, 2020
Ex-Bruins GM Mike O'Connell told @TheAthletic that Burke "fabricated" this and "no offer was made."
Burke candidly responded on ESPN ON ICE: pic.twitter.com/57rwvCF7DC
- It’s time to play for Team Canada.
“Today we all play for #TeamCanada and I’m proud to be your teammate.”— Hockey Canada (@HockeyCanada) April 7, 2020
A message to Canadians from leader and ©️, @pou29.