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The HabsWorld Podcast team was shorthanded in this episode but hosts Paul MacLeod and Norm Szcyrek did their best to kill it!

This episode was recorded on the evening of December 18, 2018, covering the following topics:

0:00 – 6:45 Introductions; recent shutout loss against Bruins; why do the Habs struggle against some teams this season?

6:46 – 8:39 Is a trade the solution for this team; Jake Muzzin rumours

8:40 – 15:09 Victor Mete sent to the minors then called up; could Mete be a trade piece; the value of growing your own defencemen versus trading for one from someone else

15:10 – 23:04 Habs prospects for Team Canada at the upcoming World Junior Championship; discussion of Habs first round picks over the past decade; Habs developing players (Kenny Agostino, Michel Chaput) in the minors for the pros

23:05 – 43:56 Will the Habs be forced to waive Charles Hudon or Nicolas Deslauriers to the minors when Joel Armia returns from the injury list; Habs trivia; pros and cons if the Habs should allow Jesperi Kotkaniemi to play in the World Junior Championship; Nick Suzuki’s development this season; junior prospects for other non-Canadian teams at the WJC; talk about excellent play of Max Domi and struggles of Philip Danault

43:57 – 57:29 Upcoming 6 game road trip and its importance; conference rivals struggles; other Habs trade rumours (Duncan Keith); concussion discussions

57:30 – 1:20:28 Around the NHL: blown penalty calls, other referee gaffs and unusual NHL rules; NHL teams slumping; Seattle expansion news; could the Habs use their extra salary cap space to acquire another player; coach & GM firings in Philadelphia; Andrew Ference’s comments about his time with the Edmonton Oilers, and more!

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