Liveblog: Jordan Harris makes his Canadiens debut against defending Stanley Cup champions

Ryan Poehling has been cleared to play and he’s back in the lineup against the Lightning.

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The Jordan Harris saga has been nearly as wild as this Canadiens season. At the beginning of the year, then-GM Marc Bergevin was putting it out in the media that Harris was unlikely to sign in Montreal after his fourth year of college at Northeastern, likely preferring the Boston Bruins or New York Rangers.

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A changeup in leadership brings in Kent Hughes, who’s known Harris personally forever, and the tune immediately changes to, he’ll definitely be signing here. As soon as Northeastern is eliminated, Harris inks a deal to be a Canadien, and now he makes his debut with the team against the defending Stanley Cup champions in the Tampa Bay Lightning, in a Stanley Cup Final rematch.

It’s easy to give Hughes or Jeff Gorton all the credit, though I’m sure the amount of bodies moved out on defence was also an enticing opportunity for Harris, he has a good shot at earning a roster spot next season he might not get elsewhere. Not to disregard the influence of new management, but every decision has layers to it.

Puck drop is at 7 pm. (City TV, SN East, TVA Sports, BSSUN, TSN Radio 690, 98.5 FM)

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For the Canadiens, the effort is still there, but the results haven’t been the same as before the trade deadline under Martin St. Louis. At a certain point, when you subtract so many players out of a lineup it becomes tough to compete. Add in the high level of competition Montreal is facing lately, and it hasn’t been pretty hockey to watch.

It doesn’t get any easier tonight against the Lightning, but at least the Habs have played two exciting games against the Bolts this season, which hopefully means my third liveblog won’t be a boring game, the first two were pretty brutal.

Aside from Harris, the Canadiens got more good news today with Ryan Poehling being cleared to play, and he’s back in the lineup for this one.

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