The Canadiens make no attempt to negotiate with Bob Hartley who may have been the best of a poor crop of coaching candidates. Alexander Galchenyuk dazzles at the Scouting Combine. Trevor Timmins talks about the pressures of drafting third overall.
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Among the week’s loose ends: Alexei Emelin was a key part of Russia’s undefeated march to the World Hockey Championship. Don’t count on seeing a Quebec-born player going on the first day of the NHL entry draft. The coaching speculation continues. Can Jacques Martin be considered to re-inherit the job?
Max Pacioretty has become the go-to forward for Team USA at the World Championships. Four Canadiens prospects will square off at the Memorial Cup tournament this weekend in Shawinigan. A loophole will allow the Canadiens to turn Nathan Beaulieu pro in September. And Blake Geoffrion learns of the lunatic fringe of Canadiens fandom.
Unless they go into an unexpected winning streak, under current draft lottery rules, the Canadiens will be drafting somewhere in the top four at the NHL’s entry draft June 27th in Pittsburgh. If so, they will be making their highest selection since 1980 when they drafted Doug Wickenheiser of the Regna Pats.