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Thursday Habs Headlines: Players try to treat trade deadline as just another day

In today’s links, how players handle trade deadline talk, Barron seizing his opportunity, a new women’s hockey division, 2023 draft prospect rankings, and more.

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Montreal Canadiens News and Notes

  • Mike Hoffman always tries to play his best regardless of if the NHL Trade Deadline is just around the corner, calling it “just another day” on the calendar. [Journal de Montreal]
  • Jonathan Drouin has enjoyed his time with the Canadiens and says that trade talk is harder on his family than it is on him. [Montreal Gazette]
  • With many defenceman out with injuries, Justin Barron is taking this time to seize his opportunity. [Journal de Montreal]
  • Habs future defence core is starting to take shape. [The Hockey Writers]
  • What do Drouin, Joel Armia, Christian Dvorak, Evgenii Dadonov, Mike Hoffman, Jake Allen, and Josh Anderson have in common? [RDS]

Around the League and Elsewhere

  • A known hothead who plays for the Halifax Mooseheads player and is an NHL prospect has been suspended for 10 games for allegedly jabbing a fan with a stick. [CBC]
  • An excerpt from Justin Bourne’s book that focuses on family, alcohol and hockey life. [Sportsnet]
  • Quartexx, a hockey agency that specializes in the recruitment and management of elite players, has launched a new women’s hockey division. [TSN]
  • Alex Ovechkin will be out of the Washington Capitals lineup for the foreseeable future as he mourns the loss of his father who passed away on Wednesday. [NHL]
  • There are more 2023 NHL Draft prospects to consider aside from Connor Bedard, here’s where they rank as of this month. [Sportsnet]
  • A federal audit has found that Hockey Canada did not use public funds to settle sexual assault cases or pay for related legal fees. [CTV News]