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Friday Habs Headlines: Are Joel Edmundson and Jeff Petry the best in the North?

In today’s links, wondering if the Habs have the best defender duo in the division, an update on Ben Chiarot, and more on the logistics of the NHL Entry Draft and Trade Deadline.

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NHL: Winnipeg Jets at Montreal Canadiens Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports

Montreal Canadiens news and notes

  • Joel Edmundson and Jeff Petry: the best defence pairing in the North Division? [TSN]
  • Ben Chiarot has a confirmed fracture in his right hand and is awaiting further evaluation. [Sportsnet]
  • Ask Arpon: what happens now with Chiarot out of the lineup? [The Athletic]
  • Dominique Ducharme has stepped on every rung of the coaching ladder on his way to his current position. [Montreal Gazette]
  • Could the Habs solve some of their faceoff woes with an exclusive faceoff coach? [The Athletic]

Around the league and elsewhere

  • Jordan Binnington has signed a 6-year $36 million contract extension with the St. Louis Blues. [Sportsnet]
  • Is the NHL working on changing cross-border quarantine rules in order to facilitate additional trades ahead of the deadline? [TSN]
  • Bob McKenzie says the NHL Entry Draft will not be moved, but the lottery rules could be changed. [ProHockeyTalk]
  • What does the reported $2.8 billion television deal between the NHL and ESPN mean for the salary cap? [The Athletic]
  • The impact of empty stadiums on sports in the year of COVID-19. [Radio-Canada]
  • Although the NHL may have resumed, some leagues have not restarted at all since last March. That means that a lot of players have spent over a year between competitive games. [The Athletic]
  • Fifty years, no Stanley Cups: who’s had it worse between fans of the Buffalo Sabres and Vancouver Canucks? [The Athletic]
  • It took 169:04 to find a winner in Game 5 of the Belarusian Extraliga series between HK Gomel and HC Neman Grodno—the third longest professional hockey game ever played. [ProHockeyTalk]