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Wednesday Habs Headlines: No rush for Kent Hughes

In today’s links, Kent Hughes addresses the media and the public, the Laval Rocket prepare for uncharted territory, and the conference finals begin.

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Montreal Canadiens news and notes

  • General manager Kent Hughes says there is no urgency to decide on the first overall pick before July. [Sportsnet | RDS]
  • Hughes did laud Shane Wright as a “very mature and intelligent” person. [Montreal Gazette]
  • The GM also hopes to know more about Carey Price’s status by July 13. [Sportsnet]
  • Hughes has no immediate plan to follow the signings of Joshua Roy and Riley Kidney with a contract for fellow Class of 2021 member Logan Mailloux. [La Presse]
  • Laval Rocket coach Jean-François Houle is not taking his opposition lightly. [RDS]
  • The third round represents a bit of the unknown for the Rocket. [La Presse]
  • Yesterday, May 31, was the last day for the Canadiens to hold exclusive rights for Jacob Olofsson without having to commit to a contract. [A Winning Habit]

Around the league and elsewhere

  • The New Jersey Devils have promoted Meghan Duggan to director, player development. [TSN]
  • The Eastern Conference Final will likely be determined by the two netminders: Andrei Vasilevskiy and Igor Shesterkin. [TSN]
  • One player from each of the four teams who needs to step up in the Conference Final. [The Hockey News]
  • Should the Toronto Maple Leafs keep Jack Campbell at what is sure to be a premium, or should they explore other options? [The Athletic]
  • Jordan Binnington admits to throwing a water bottle at Nazem Kadri as the Colorado Avalanche centre conducted post-game interviews. [ESPN]
  • Once again, the Carolina Hurricanes must wait to breach that next level. [RDS]
  • In their own words: Brandon Hagel describes his first taste of NHL playoff hockey. [Tampa Bay Lightning]
  • A project to bring Ottawa Senators games to Quebec City is now on hold. [La Presse]