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Wednesday Habs Headlines: Down to the wire?

In today’s links, the Wright vs. Slafkovsky debate comes down to the wire, multiple historic hirings around hockey, and where is Ivan Fedotov?

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Montreal Canadiens news and notes

  • Shane Wright poised to take the next step on a long road at Thursday’s NHL draft. [CBC]
  • Does the debate between Wright and Juraj Slafkovsky put Montreal in a “potential lose” situation? [Yahoo!]
  • “Built to play hockey”: how Slafkovsky has rocketed up draft boards this year. [Sportsnet]
  • Slafkovsky and countryman Simon Nemec form part of a potentially historic draft class for Slovakia. [The Score]
  • It is the Slovak forward who heads Corey Pronman’s final draft rankings. [The Athletic]
  • The Canadiens annouced a partnership with Team 33, a new scouting service, ahead of the draft and upcoming free agency. [The Athletic]

Around the league and elsewhere

  • Mike Grier has been named the general manager of the San Jose Sharks, the first Black GM in NHL history. [TSN]
  • What is the task that lies ahead of Grier? [The Hockey News]
  • Jessica Campbell is the new assistant coach for the AHL’s Coachella Valley Firebirds, the first female assistant coach in AHL history. [TSN]
  • The Toronto Maple Leafs have promoted Hayley Wickenheiser to assistant general manager. [TSN]
  • Research about men’s ice hockey has consistently revealed that the culture is saturated in sexism, misogyny, homophobia and hypermasculinity. Is it time for a reckoning? [The Conversation]
  • The 2021-22 NHL season and what Dom Luszczyszyn got right and wrong. [The Athletic]
  • Are small players undervalued in the NHL Entry Draft? [Action Network]
  • Trading for and signing Kevin Fiala puts the Los Angeles Kings at risk of a “double offer sheet” strategy. [TSN]
  • What is the offseason outlook for the Stanley Cup Champion Colorado Avalanche? [The Hockey News]
  • Philadelphia Flyers prospect Ivan Fedotov is now reportedly serving at a Russian naval base in Severodvinsk, over 1,000 kilometres north of Moscow. [ESPN]