Pre-game reading: Like trades? Then you’re gonna love June

— Up top, P.K. Subban looks back at his time with the Canadiens and the significance of playing for such an historic franchise.

— For Subban, it was quite the emotional return to Bell Centre. Writes NHL.com’s Arpon Basu: “Prior to the start of the game Subban made sure to blow a kiss to Elise Beliveau, the widow of Jean Beliveau, sitting in her usual seat behind the Canadiens bench.” Subban then shed a few tears during the Habs’ video tribute to their former star defenseman. (NHL.com)

— After a fairly tepid trade deadline, Pierre LeBrun is looking forward to what could be a crazy June. What will the Ducks do with their blue line ahead of the expansion draft? Will the Avalanche trade Matt Duchene or Gabriel Landeskog? What about all the goalies who could be on the move? (TSN)

— Another interesting history lesson from Sports Illustrated writer Alex Prewitt, who looks back on the 1919 Stanley Cup Final in Seattle, which had to be suspended due to an outbreak of influenza. Montreal Canadiens player Joe Hall would eventually die of pneumonia brought about by the flu. (Sports Illustrated)

— The latest on the Coyotes’ search for a new arena. The team has spoken with the city of Mesa, but the mayor there says it would be “premature” to say whether a Mesa arena is “realistic or serious.” In the meantime, the Coyotes still don’t know if a key piece of legislation will pass. The latest report didn’t sound too promising, and if it doesn’t pass, the money to build a new arena could be tough to find. (Arizona Republic)

Johnny Oduya is happy to be back with the Chicago Blackhawks. “It’s always tough to leave a situation like we had in Dallas. It was a tough year I think for everybody. You feel some of that disappointment. To come back here with a lot of players that I played with, obviously a city I know pretty good, I feel like I got a second chance.” (Chicago Tribune)

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