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Saturday Habs Headlines: So you’re telling me there’s a chance?

In today’s link, Montreal is still in the running for Alexis Lafrenière, Jesperi Kotkaniemi is ready to help the team, and CBA negotiations are making progress during the pandemic.

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Montreal Canadiens news and notes

  • With just a 2.5% chance of winning, “Team E” hit on its one surviving combination in last night’s 2020 NHL Draft Lottery, giving all the qualification-round teams — the Canadiens among them — a second life in their quest to land Alexis Lafrenière at first overall:
  • See the actual drawing of the numbers that the NHL doesn’t believe you’d want to see live. [NHL.com]
  • The unlikely story of one the greatest draft steals: Brendan Gallagher. [The Score]
  • Claude Julien hopes the players are smart about their own health when they all reconvene. [NESN]
  • They will have to, in fact, because the NHL isn’t enfocing any quarantine rules before players reach the hub cities. [Times Free Press]
  • Jesperi Kotkaniemi is back in Montreal. He’s recovered from his spleen injury and is preparing to help the team in the post-season. [The Athletic]
  • See more of the Habs players currently working toward that same goal:

Around the league and elsewhere

  • Winnners and losers of the draft lottery. [ESPN]
  • Now that the lottery is (sort of) complete, the NHL’s top priority is getting the players to North America and their NHL cities for Phase 3 training. [NHL.com]
  • Regular EOTP podcast guest Gillian Kemmerrer caught up with Nikolai Khabibulin to discuss this year’s top goaltending prospect, Yaroslav Askarov. [The Caviar Diplomat]
  • In the wake of the lawsuit launched against the CHL, the league will allow an independent panel to review its approaches to dealing with abuse. [Sportsnet]
  • Former WHL player Brad Hammett is adding his name to that lawsuit after suffering abuse from teammates. [TSN]
  • CBA negotiations running concurrently with return-to-play discussions include more protections for players’ salaries in the short term. [Sportsnet]