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RUMOR: Montreal is the leading contender to sign top centerman!

This is going to be extremely interesting.

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Montreal Canadiens owner Geoff Molson, as well as the team's general manager Marc Bergevin, have both mentioned numerous times over the past few weeks that they have a plan, and that they are convinced they will be able to make this team significantly better in the coming months. This probably means they are hoping to bring in some high-profile players, preferably a #1 and/or #2C...

Now according to BSN Denver journalist Adrian Dater, it looks like this is about to happen. He dropped a bomb on Twitter this afternoon, and said he believes the Habs will be able to sign 32-year-old centerman and pending unrestricted free agent Paul Stastny, this summer:

"My No. 1 prediction of the offseason: Paul Stastny will sign with Montreal. You heard it here"

He has apparently heard that the Habs have a huge interest for Stastny:

"Yes I've heard something."

Stastny was traded by the St. Louis Blues to the Winnipeg Jets on February 26, at the trade deadline. General manager Doug Armstrong received a conditional 2018 first-round pick, a conditional fourth-rounder in 2020, and prospect Erik Foley in exchange. 

He is in the last year of a four-year, $28 million contract. It is fair to believe he won't earn as much next season, considering his production declined over the past few seasons. He recorded 46 points in 2014-15, 49 in 15-16, 40 in 16-17 and is on pace for a 54-point season.

It will be interesting to see how much Marc Bergevin is willing to offer Stastny in order to finally have a big, talented centerman. Do you think the Quebec native is going to end up playing for the Montreal Canadiens?

New Jersey Devils' Palmieri almost loses eye after a high-stick from Greene

We have just witnessed a terrifying scene in the game between the New York Islanders and the New Jersey Devils, when veteran forward Kyle Palmieri almost lost an eye after he received Andy Greene's stick right under his right eye.

Take a look at the sequence here, courtesy of Sportsnet:

"Oh boy. Oh boy. The only thing I can say is it looks fortunate that it was just below. Because that could have been even more dangerous. And Kyle Palmieri goes down... And he was bleeding profusely..."

Close enough. We're glad to know he's okay, because this could have been devastating. Especially because the 27-year-old winger has been playing extremely well as of late: he amassed six points in his last four games. He's having one of the best seasons of his career: he recorded 42 points in just 59 games, and is just six goals shy of his career-high 30.

Palmieri was selected in the first round of the 2009 NHL entry draft by the Anaheim Ducks. He was traded to the Devils in exchange of a 2015 second-round pick, and a 2016 third rounder. He played a total of 419 career NHL games, in which he recorded 241 points.

The Devils ended up winning the game 4 to 3.

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