Friday Habs Headlines: Bienvenue, Jonathan Drouin!

In today’s links, analysis of the Drouin trade, what it means for the Habs’ roster, and where Alex Galchenyuk fits now.

Montreal Canadiens news and notes

  • ICYMI: the Montreal Canadiens traded defence prospect Mikhail Sergachev to the Tampa Bay Lightning for Jonathan Drouin. [EOTP]
  • Drouin will bring immediate high-end talent to the roster. [EOTP | Sportsnet]
  • Drouin spoke of his dream of donning the Canadiens sweater at a press conference, where Marc Bergevin fielded questions regarding the futures of Alex Galchenyuk and Alexander Radulov. [EOTP]
  • Jonathan Drouin is ready for the pressures of Montreal. [Arpon Basu]/
  • Drouin immediately inked a six-year contract with an average annual value of $5.5 million. []
  • The Lightning perspective, from our friends at Raw Charge. [Raw Charge]
  • Marc Bergevin said that it was hard to refuse this trade. [TSN]
  • Without Sergachev, Bergevin will have to find another future replacement for Andrei Markov. []
  • Marc Bergevin scored a great coup in adding to the attack without sacrificing anything from the active roster. [La Presse]
  • Andrew Berkshire argues that Drouin’s arrival should not spell Galchenyuk’s departure, and the two bring different strengths to the table. [Vice Sports]
  • Elliotte Friedman offers his thoughts on both Drouin and Sergachev. [FanRag Sports]
  • Pierre LeBrun and Darren Dreger discuss the ripple effect that Drouin’s acquisition will have on the Habs roster. [TSN]
  • Top-three draft picks don’t land in Montreal that often:/
  • After today, the Habs have $17 million left to sign seven free agents. [CapFriendly]/
  • Pierre LeBrun thinks that the Canadiens will extend Carey Price this off-season. [Twitter]/
  • Eric Engels thinks that Drouin’s arrival has redoubled interest in Alex Galchenyuk. [Twitter]/
  • Habs prospect Michael McNiven was offically named OHL Goaltender of the Year. [OHL]/
  • Zachary Fucale might have predicted the future. [Twitter]/

Around the league and elsewhere

  • The Drouin trade creates issues for the Vegas Golden Knights. [Knights On Ice]
  • The Buffalo Sabres have hired Phil Housley as their next head coach. [Buffalo Sabres]/
  • Wherever he ends up next year, Marc-Andre Fleury’s impact will not be lost on Matt Murray. [Pittsburgh Post-Gazette]
  • Erik Karlsson underwent successful surgery on Wednesday. He thinks it went well. [Erik Karlsson]/
  • The NHL is not quite the paragon of parity that it wants to be. [Fear the Fin]
  • Professional hockey comes to the Pacific Northwest in the form of an ECHL team in Portland. [Press Herald]
  • The CWHL will be able to pay their players for the first time this season. [Robyn Flynn]/

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