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Sunday Habs Headlines: Lottery result puts Canadiens in no-lose situation

In today’s links, the Canadiens will be in good shape no matter what happens, discussing changes for the draft lottery, and the NHL still working toward deciding on its hub cities.

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Montreal Canadiens news and notes

  • Whether the Canadiens beat the Pittsburgh Penguins and move on to the Stanley Cup Playoffs, win the right to draft Alexis Lafrenière, or end up in the ninth spot with a chance to pick a prospect like his player Jack Quinn, Ottawa 67’s head coach André Tourigny believes the Habs are in excellent position either way. [Journal de Montreal | Google Translate]
  • Sudbury Wolves general manager Rob Papineau says Habs goaltending prospect Frederik Dichow “is important to us and our future.” [The Sudbury Star]

Around the league and elsewhere

  • Will the results of Friday’s draft lottery bring changes to the format? [31 Thoughts]
  • After his Hall of Fame induction, a job with the Chicago Blackhawks could be in Marian Hossa’s future. [NBC Sports]
  • Alexander Mogilny’s HHoF snub is difficult to understand, especially in the same year that a player like Kevin Lowe makes the cut. [Journal Pioneer]
  • They may not have a top-two pick, but the end result of third and fifth overall was still good news for the Ottawa Senators. [Ottawa Citizen]
  • The draft lottery’s cliffhanger result was an interesting one, but perhaps not the best way for the NHL to promote an intense qualification round. [The Athletic]
  • Alex Ovechkin is back on the ice ahead of Phase 3 getting under way. []
  • The NHL is carefully considering all aspects of every remaining city’s bid to be a playoff hub before finalizing its decisions. [TSN]