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Wednesday Habs Headlines: Escaping the muddy middle

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Montreal Canadiens News and Notes

  • The Montreal Canadiens are not bad enough to secure the NHL’s No. 1-overall draft pick but not good enough to be projected as a playoff team. Now what? [The Hockey News]
  • The Canadiens’ bet on Cole Caufield – the player and the person – was a smart one. [The Athletic]
  • The 10 biggest Montreal Canadiens contracts in recent history. [Daily Hive]
  • How does Cole Caufield’s monster extension impact other RFAs? [Daily Faceoff]
  • The Aléo Foundation and Montreal Canadiens award $54,000 in bursaries to 27 outstanding student-athletes. [Montreal Canadiens]

Around the League and Elsewhere

  • Patrick Roy deserves another shot as an NHL head coach. [Montreal Gazette]
  • 2023 NHL free agent rankings: Top options, best values, and more. [ESPN]
  • The Columbus Blue Jackets have acquired Ivan Provorov and reportedly lined up Mike Babcock as their next coach, but they must do much more to be a playoff contender. [The Hockey News]
  • Has Sergei Gonchar been overlooked by the Hockey Hall of Fame? [Daily Faceoff]
  • Andrew Cristall is the most polarizing prospect in the 2023 NHL Draft. [Daily Faceoff]
  • Zach Benson is a magician on the ice. [RDS]
  • Which 2023 NHL Draft prospects have the most upside according to Corey Pronman? [The Athletic]
  • How does the 2023 NHL Draft compare with the 2022 NHL Draft? [The Athletic]
  • Harvard women’s hockey coach Katey Stone has retired amid an investigation into allegations of player mistreatment. [Daily Faceoff]

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