Friday Habs Headlines: Sylvain Lefebvre likely to coach the Laval Rocket

In today’s links, Lefebvre’s likely return, Bergevin has the capacity to add more to the Habs roster, and Galchenyuk trade rumours continue to swirl

Montreal Canadiens news and notes:

  • Louis Jean reports that everything indicates that Sylvain Lefebvre will return to the Laval Rocket next season. [Louis Jean]/
  • ICYMI: The Habs acquired David Schlemko from the Vegas Golden Knights for a 5th round pick. [EOTP|Analysis]
  • Alexei Emelin’s departure has given the Habs a lot of flexibility. Beyond Schlemko, what else can the Canadiens do with this cap space? [TSN 690]
  • Marc Bergevin was asked today whether Jonathan Drouin could play centre. [Jason Brough]/
  • Bergevin declared that he “needs help everywhere” and figures to be an active player this offseason. [Sportsnet]
  • ICYMI: Alex Radulov’s initial contract demands appear to be testing the Canadiens’ limits. [EOTP]
  • ICYMI: Dwight King and Brian Flynn will not be returning to the Canadiens next season. [EOTP]
  • Pierre LeBrun gives a positive update for Carey Price’s contract talks. [Pierre LeBrun]/
  • LeBrun also reports that the New Jersey Devils are interested in Alex Galchenyuk. [Pierre LeBrun]/
  • The Devils aren’t alone, as around 15 teams have inquired regarding the young Canadiens forward. [David Pagnotta]
  • Bob McKenzie reports that Minnesota is not one of those interested in Galchenyuk. [Chris Nichols]/
  • Marco Scandella is on the Habs radar. [Bob McKenzie via Chris Nichols]
  • Les Canadiennes announced the return of Éric Bouchard as an assistant coach. [Les Canadiennes]
  • Despite the international and domestic accolades, Les Canadiennes de Montreal still don’t get the attention and respect they deserve. [BBC]/

Around the league and elsewhere:

  • The NHL announced its schedule for the 2017-18 regular season. [NHL]
  • Opening night will be highlighted by Matthews vs. Laine and the Battle of Alberta. [TSN]
  • The Edmonton Oilers traded Jordan Eberle to the New York Islanders for Ryan Strome. [TSN]
  • The Carolina Hurricanes acquired Trevor van Riemsdyk from the Vegas Golden Knights for a 2nd round pick. [Carolina Hurricanes]
  • GM Peter Chiarelli is prepared to match any offer sheet tendered to Leon Draisaitl. [Sportsnet]
  • The Florida Panthers have hired Chris Pronger as a senior adviser. [FOX Sports]
  • Reid Duke has some new Golden Knight teammates for team meals. [Vegas Golden Knights]/
  • GMs want more vigilance from NHL officials in cracking down on slashes to hands. [Dan Rosen]
  • George McPhee is not interested in signing RFAs to offer sheets. [Nick Cotsonika]/

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