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Friday Habs Headlines: There’s no showcase like winning

In today’s links, stretches of good play are useful for showcasing potential trade pieces, looking at what hypothetical returns might be, and the NHLPA has a new executive director.

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NHL: Nashville Predators at Montreal Canadiens David Kirouac-USA TODAY Sports

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Montreal Canadiens news and notes

  • If the Canadiens want to make some noise at the trade deadline, they need stretches like this. [Hockey Inside/Out]
  • What a hypothetical trade with the Edmonton Oilers for Joel Edmundson could look like. [The Hockey Writers]
  • A Jonathan Drouin trade remains unlikely despite the forward’s recent uptick in form. [Last Word on Sports]
  • Canadiens trade deadline: What we’re hearing on Evgenii Dadonov, Jonathan Drouin, and more. [The Athletic]

Around the league and elsewhere

  • The Ukraine Selects are already winners at the Quebec International Peewee hockey tournament. [Global News]
  • Hockey hair is a big deal. But what if you play hockey and your hair is different from nearly everyone else’s in the league? [The Players’ Tribune]
  • His head coach already thinks that 16-year-old Maxim Massé of the Chicoutimi Saguenéens will be a “no-brainer” first rounder in a future NHL draft. [La Presse]
  • Since 2007, only ten players dealt at the trade deadline have won the Stanley Cup that year with their new team. So how important is the deadline for buyers? [RDS]
  • The Swiss National League is investigating former NHL coach Marc Crawford for directing a homophobic slur at an official. [Daily Faceoff]
  • Trailblazing former NHL assistant coach Paul Jerrard has passed away at age 57. [Daily Faceoff]
  • The latest on Jakob Chychrun and the NHL trade market. [32 Thoughts]
  • Is Patrick Kane still an elite offensive winger? [Sportsnet]
  • The Edmonton Oilers are apparently “tying themselves in knots” by not placing Jesse Puljujarvi on waivers. [Sportsnet]
  • The NHLPA announced that the Executive Board has unanimously appointed Marty Walsh as Executive Director. [TSN]
  • The ten best defencemen in the NHL. [ESPN]
  • Projecting the NCAA men’s hockey tournament field. [ESPN]
  • Ten bought-out players whom you may have forgotten are still on the books. [The Hockey News]
  • How to fix the NHL trade deadline: Seven ideas to bring back blockbuster deals. [The Athletic]
  • Ryan O’Reilly, Tage Thompson, and what is turning out to be hockey’s ultimate win-win trade. [The Athletic]
  • Pension Plan Puppets, like many other soon-to-be former SB Nation NHL team sites, has begun to take steps to creating a stable, sustainable future for themselves and their community. [Pension Plan Puppets]