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Morning Flurries: positive signs for Meloche and the art of the deal in Vegas

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The Montreal Canadiens rocked late night Twitter on Sunday when, following the first Sunday of the NFL season, they tried to sneak their biggest trade since the PK Subban deal past all the social media noise with a one a.m. trade announcement.

Heading to Quebec is Tomas Tatar, the former Detroit Red Wings forward who seems good for a solid 20 goals per season, along with a second-round pick and highly-touted prospect Nick Suzuki.

Heading out of the Bell Centre? The team’s captain and frequent 30-plus goal scoring winger, Max Pacioretty.

The deal was about as good as it was going to get for Montreal - and if you want to read more about what they’re getting in Nick Suzuki, here’s a nice read. [The Hockey News]

Vegas, though, really got themselves a nice deal... literally.

Ignoring that visor, the deal is pretty sweet for the Golden Knights. And, really, for Pacioretty as well:

Looking back at that, this piece really rings even more true: the Montreal Canadiens, for all intents and purposes, wasted their star American winger. [NBC Sports]

For some Avs chatter, here’s a look at how prospect Nicolas Meloche stood out during Colorado’s tough 5-2 loss to the Anaheim Ducks during the rookie tournament in Vegas on Sunday. [Mile High Hockey]

This is also a super fun read from our friends over at Eurolanche, who looked back on the 10 organized trips they’ve taken across the pond to watch the Avalanche play stateside. [Eurolanche]

From earlier this past week, a story we missed: here’s a really touching look at how Alexander Ovechkin remembers the flight carrying the KHL’s Lokomotiv Yaroslavl roster on September 7th, 2011. When it went down shortly after takeoff, nearly everyone on board died, including 26 players for Lokomotiv and three coaches. [Russian Machine Never Breaks]

Finally, I leave you with this weirdness:

Maybe the fact that a depth defenseman is sitting there interviewing the team owner is the weirdest part for you (although given how likely any player of value is to be shipped out this year, he may be the only one the team is confident will be around next year. Who knows!).

Maybe it’s the fact that the owner is still wearing a Reebok jersey, which means it’s now two years old at the very least - although as someone pointed out, this particular design is much older than that. Maybe the fact that the owner felt the need to wear a jersey even though the actual player is in street clothes is what trips you up.

There’s a lot going on here. Absorb it.

And with that, a quick note on today:

This is the last year that children born before the World Trade Center attacks will be of high school age. Starting next year, the youngest people born prior to 9/11 will be 18 years old, meaning that it really will be a history lesson for every single student who learns about it in a textbook from here on out.

That’s a little jarring. Like me, I’m sure almost all of you reading the Flurries today remember exactly where you were when you heard about the planes hitting the towers. And maybe you, like me, are either a current or former New York resident, who know someone who lost a loved one that day, or know someone who helped save lives in the aftermath.

Each year, though, more and more of us have children who will, eventually, ask about what’s being remembered, because they will only know it as a story we tell.

I still remember when the Columbia space shuttle exploded in 2003, because my mom used her own experience witnessing the Challenger disaster to help my brothers and I understand what we were seeing. She had been new to the United States still at the time of the Challenger launch, living just up the road from Daytona in a smaller beach town, and she saw it happen in person.

Hopefully, we won’t need to use 9/11 as a way to help our children understand something they see in the future as well. Be well today, everyone.