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The Montreal Canadiens made a few big splashes at the 2022 NHL Draft on July 7th and 8th, held in Montreal. The HabsWorld podcast team reassembled to discuss the draft and other hockey transactions. Host Norm Szcyrek was joined by cohosts Paul MacLeod, Jonathan Rebelo, and Sean Cayouette, on the evening of July 14th, 2022, to record this podcast and have a few laughs.

Here is a breakdown of the topics we discussed:

First Period [00:00 – 22:37]

Introductions, Habs Trivia;
Sharing in-person experiences of attending the 2022 NHL Draft in Montreal;
Discussions about the Habs’ first-round picks, Juraj Slafkovsky and Filip Mesar

Second Period [22:38 – 33:18]

Habs trade away defenceman Alexander Romanov, then trade for centre Kirby Dach;
Discussing prospects from the team’s Development Camp, defenceman Lane Hutson, and centre Owen Beck;
Montreal trades Shea Weber to Vegas for Evgenii Dadonov.

Third Period [33:19 – 1:03:27]

No qualifying offer for RFA Rem Pitlick;

(Editor’s note: The podcast was recorded before Pitlick re-signed with Montreal)

Early predictions on the Habs 2022-23 season;
Around the NHL: One surprising UFA signing (Johnny Gaudreau to Columbus); former Habs Artturi Lehkonen and Brett Kulak re-signing with their teams, and Ben Chiarot signing with Detroit. Another surprise acquisition, Matt Murray to Toronto. Carolina trading for ex-Hab Max Pacioretty and Brett Burns;
Should Montreal sign Scotty Bowman as a senior advisor or consultant?
More people hired by Montreal for their Hockey Analytics group;
Ex-Hab Nicolas Deslauriers signed by Philadelphia, and former Habs Victor Mete and Jordie Benn signed by Toronto;
Final thoughts about the Habs 2022 draft.

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