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Just over a week after losing to the Tampa Bay Lightning in the Stanley Cup Final, the Montreal Canadiens have been dealt another heavy blow.

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Tough calls: The Canucks don't have to make too many tough decisions on defense, given Quinn Hughes is exempt and Alexander Edler and Travis Hamonic are set to be unrestricted free agents. The Canucks protect Thatcher Demko -- having made that decision when they let Jacob Markstrom leave in free agency last summer -- and see if Seattle has any interest in picking up Braden Holtby's contract ($4.3 million through next season). Selecting the seventh forward spot is trickiest. Highmore made our list, but the Canucks could easily choose Kole Lind, Zack MacEwan or Jonah Gadjovich, who has put up impressive AHL numbers, but has yet to get a full look in the NHL.

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