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Thursday Habs Headlines: Alexander Romanov likely to be ineligible for playoff competition

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In today’s links, new contracts for reserve-list players likely won’t be allowed to start this summer, Lafrenière’s fairy-tale landing, and clarity emerging on the hub city decision.

2018 NHL Draft - Portraits Photo by Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty Images

Montreal Canadiens news and notes

  • Alexis Lafrenière ending up in Montreal would be the fairy tale ending to the draft lottery saga. [NHL.com]
  • Mike Sullivan believes his players’ championship experience will be a major advantage in the qualification round. [NHL.com]
  • While the Canadiens have been hoping they’d get a look at Alexander Romanov in action this summer, it seems the NHL won’t allow his contract to begin while the 2019-20 campaign is ongoing, ruling him out until at least the beginning of the next regular season:

Around the league and elsewhere

  • Minnesota Wild fans have been waiting longer and more impatiently for the arrival of Kirill Kaprizov from the KHL, making the news much more frustrating for them. [Hockey Wilderness]
  • The NHL and the Players’ Association are using this downtime to not only finalize a return-to-play plan, but revisit Olympic participation and work out any kinks in getting the collective bargaining agreement extended. [Journal de Montreal]
  • It’s looking more likely that Edmonton and Toronto will be the two NHL hub cities. [Sportsnet]
  • After months of silence, North American sports leagues are all ramping up to fill the airwaves in the next few weeks. [The New York Times]
  • With three quality netminders to choose from, the New York Rangers are going to let them decide in Phase 3 training who ultimately takes the starting role. [NHL.com]
  • Vitali Kravtsov wasn’t sure what the plan was for him in New York. [Forever Blueshirts]
  • In one of his down years, Sergei Bobrovsky needs to get back on form for the Florida Panthers. [NHL.com]
  • Former Canadiens executive Rick Dudley is leaving the Carolina Hurricanes organization. [Sportsnet]
  • The New Jersey Devils displayed their support for the Black Lives Matter movement:
  • We didn’t get any this year, but these were some of the biggest deals every made on July 1 in the salary-cap era. [Sportsnet]
  • Contracts will expire eventually, and these are the top players who could be looking for new homes when they do. [TSN]