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Now that the NHL draft and the first wave of free agency are over, the HabsWorld podcast crew is back to talk about these recent events. Host Norm Szcyrek was joined by cohosts Paul MacLeod, Sean Cayouette, and Jonathan Rebelo to talk about our beloved Montreal Canadiens, several NHL topics, and share a lot of laughs. This podcast was recorded on the evening of July 4, 2024.

We have a full roster of topics, including:

– Introductions & Habs trivia

– Discussing and celebrating Montreal’s first-round picks Ivan Demidov and Michael Hage

– Veterans Nick Suzuki and Brendan Gallagher helping out at development camp

– How long can we expect Demidov and Hage to take before turning pro?

– Saku Koivu’s son was drafted by Montreal in the 3rd round. Does he have a legitimate chance to play for the Canadiens, or was this more of a PR move?

– The Habs signed free agent Alex Barre-Boulet. Did you want to see Montreal make a bigger splash this year, or wait until 1-3 years away?

– Juraj Slafkovsky’s contract extension signed on July 1st to start the 2025-26 season. Was the term and price too high, too low, or just right?

– The Johnathan Kovacevic trade was discussed. What other players might Montreal trade away next?

– Rumours involving a Rutger McGroarty trade

– Thoughts about Alex Burrows’ move to the organization’s development team and who could replace him behind the bench as an assistant coach. Plus, possible replacements for the Laval head coaching position

– Former Habs coach Claude Julien was hired as an assistant coach in St. Louis. Former Hab Steve Ott was promoted to associate coach for the Blues. Ott did play for Julien during the end of the 2016-17 season. Do you think Ott put in a good word for Claude to help him get that job?

– Development camp got underway this week. A few prospects there were discussed

– Shea Weber will be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame. MLB has a tradition of a player entering their Hall of Fame to choose a baseball cap that represents the team they identify with. If hockey had that tradition, would Weber opt to wear a Nashville or a Montreal jersey?

– Winners and losers of the NHL free agency were discussed

– RIP ex-Hab Sergei Berezin who scored the team’s 10,000th goal. Jonathan talked about watching the goal at a live game.

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