Friday Habs Headlines: The Montreal Canadiens could be looking to add another first-round pick

In today’s links, the Habs are looking to maximize their draft haul, Barry Trotz moves from Washington to Long Island, and trade rumours around the league.

Montreal Canadiens news and notes

  • Elliotte Friedman believes Marc Bergevin is looking at add another first-round selection in the NHL Draft. [Sportsnet]
  • Marc Bergevin says that the odds of him trading the 3rd overall pick are very thin. [RDS]
  • “We’re ready,” declares Trevor Timmins. [Montreal Gazette]
  • The 33-year history of Habs first-round picks is ugly. [Montreal Gazette]
  • Keep an eye on Max Pacioretty, who may be traded during draft weekend. [TSN]/

Around the league and elsewhere

  • The salary cap will officially increase by $4.5 million to $79.5 million next season. [ESPN]
  • Joe Veleno has no regrets about applying for exceptional status. [La Presse]
  • Nick Boynton is joining the concussion lawsuit against the NHL and has donated his brain to science. [TSN]
  • The legal, moral, and contractual issues at play for any NHL team interested in signing Slava Voynov. [The Athletic]
  • With a new owner and front office team, the Carolina Hurricanes might be busy on draft weekend. [ProHockeyTalk]
  • Why the Ottawa Senators should give the 4th overall pick to the Colorado Avalanche. [Sportsnet]
  • You’ve heard this before, Edmonton: the Oilers are apparently willing to move the 10th overall pick in this year’s draft for a defenceman. [ProHockeyTalk]
  • Is Shayne Gostisbehere a future Norris Trophy candidate? [Broad Street Hockey]
  • Barry Trotz is the new head coach of the New York Islanders. [Lighthouse Hockey]
  • It was a conversation with new GM Lou Lamoriello which excited Barry Trotz about the prospect of joining the Islanders. [ProHockeyTalk]
  • Alex Ovechkin says that Trotz’s departure is sad, but is also part of the business. [TSN]
  • Does adding Trotz pave the way for John Tavares’ return to Long Island? [The Athletic]
  • Minister for Sport Kirsty Duncan declares that national sporting organizations which fail to immediately disclose allegations of abuse within their ranks risk losing federal funding. [CBC]/

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