Thursday Habs Headlines: Mikhail Sergachev among top NHL prospects

Here are your daily links, including the biggest need for the Habs, where Sergachev ranks among NHL prospects, and Julien’s 1000th game.

Montreal Canadiens News and Notes

  • Canadiens’ first-round pick Mikhail Sergachev ranks as the fourteenth-best drafted prospect in the NHL. [TSN]
  • Greg Pateryn’s name has been on the trade market for a long time according to Bob McKenzie. [TSN 690]
  • Claude Julien had high praise for Artturi Lehkonen following Tuesday’s game against the Rangers, citing his two-way play in particular. /
  • Elliotte Friedman suggests that not only were other teams speaking with Julien about becoming their coach, but another offer was on the table - likely from Las Vegas. [SN]
  • Martin Lemay muses on TSN 690 that the Habs are in need of help at forward more than they are on the blue-line. [TSN 690]
  • Speaking of Julien, the Habs head coach is approaching the illustrious 1000 game mark in the NHL. [RDS]
  • Daniel Carr missed the St. John’s Ice Caps last game for unknown reasons. [Twitter]
  • Eyes on the Prize will be introducing a new podcast in the near future, and we’re asking for your input: /
  • Henrik Lundqvist showed some love to Carey Price after the Habs’ goaltender made a tremendous diving save in the dying seconds of overtime on Tuesday. [NHL]/

Around the League and Elsewhere

  • Take a look at all of the top trade deadline targets, including some big names the Habs have been linked to. [SN]
  • Kevin Shattenkirk has received much of the attention when it comes to rental defencemen, but who else might be available? [BSB]
  • San Jose Sharks blue-liner Brent Burns is having an unbelievable year, and may become the first defenceman since Bobby Orr to win the Art Ross. [SN]
  • Bill Foley cited the volume of paperwork yet to be completed as a reason the Vegas Golden Knights won’t be active at next week’s trade deadline. [LVRJ]
  • Harnarayan Singh of Hockey Night Punjabi goes into detail on how the show started, and the early struggles with making the job work. [TPT]
  • Wendel Clark, along with his former team in the Toronto Maple Leafs, have been helping Syrian refugees adjust to life in Canada. [NHL]
  • Calder hopeful Patrick Laine poked fun at his NHL home when asked how he’ll be spending his bye week: /
  • With the Ottawa Senators on track to qualify for the playoffs in the Atlantic Division, who would be the best - or worst - first-round match-up for the Sens? Where would the Habs rank? [SSS]
  • Vitaly Kravstsov became the youngest player to ever score in the KHL Playoffs at 17-years-old. [Twitter]/

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