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Thursday Habs Headlines: Juraj Slafkovský on growth this season — “It’s just easier to play out there”

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Montreal Canadiens news and notes

  • “We are looking forward to being good in a couple years and stay good,” Juraj Slafkovský says about Montreal’s plan. []
  • Montreal’s rebuild is showing progress, but the organization doesn’t have the redundancy at each position a contender enjoys. [The Athletic]
  • Historically, fifth overall picks have gone on to better NHL careers than those selected fourth. [Journal de Montreal]
  • Carey Price will receive an honorary doctorate from the University of Northern British Columbia. [Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows News]
  • The benefits the Canadiens would receive should Price retire ahead of the 2025-26 season. [Journal de Montreal]
  • Samuel Montembeault’s calm demeanour might help him avoid the struggles other goalies experience when the post-season begins. [Journal de Montreal]
  • Team Canada blew a 6-1 lead in the third period versus Austria before John Tavares salvaged the game in overtime. [TSN]
  • Kaiden Guhle said it was “good for us to get humbled like that.” [TSN]

Around the league and elsewhere

  • Marc Bergevin is a candidate to be the Columbus Blue Jackets’ general manager. [La Presse]
  • Dallas was the latest team to fail to put away a rival in the second round as Colorado won to extend the series to a sixth game. []
  • Elias Pettersson is struggling to make an impact for the Vancouver Canucks. [Sportsnet]
  • Rick Tocchet says there has been a sudden drastic improvement in Thatcher Demko’s recovery from a lower-body issue. [Sportsnet]
  • Connor Ingram’s ability to play the game while receiving treatment for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and depression earned him the Masterton Trophy. [NHL]
  • Kris Letang underwent surgery to repair a fractured finger. [Sportsnet]
  • David Rittich signed a one-year contract extension with the Los Angeles Kings. []
  • John Bean is resigning from the positions of president and CEO of the Calgary Flames. [CBC]
  • A consultant hired to improve Indigenous relations with the Chicago Blackhawks has filed a lawsuit alleging sexual harassment and fraud. [TSN]

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