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Saturday Habs Links: Alex Kovalev wants a NHL comeback

Here are your daily links, including the latest news in the CHL playoffs, the possible return of Alex Kovalev to the NHL, Dale Weise's career season, and more.

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BUFFALO, NY - NOVEMBER 16: Alex Kovalev #27 of the Montreal Canadiens looks on against the Buffalo Sabres on November 16, 2007 at HSBC Arena in Buffalo, New York. (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)
BUFFALO, NY - NOVEMBER 16: Alex Kovalev #27 of the Montreal Canadiens looks on against the Buffalo Sabres on November 16, 2007 at HSBC Arena in Buffalo, New York. (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)
Rick Stewart/Getty Images

Montreal Canadiens

  • After a two year break, Alex Kovalev wants to return to the NHL. [Journal de Montreal] (French)

  • Puck Daddy translated parts of the interview into English here. Missing is a section when Kovalev was asked about his relationship to Montreal, and he tells an anecdote about the time he accompanied his son to Boston for a hockey tournament, and the Canadiens fans there crowded him so much he couldn't walk. "The people of Montreal have always made me feel comfortable". [Puck Daddy]

    Comment est ta relation avec les Montréalais depuis ton départ du Canadien?

    "Les gens sont toujours très gentils. Il y a quelques jours, j'ai accompagné mon fils dans un tournoi à Boston. Il y avait deux équipes canadiennes et beaucoup de Montréalais. Je ne pouvais même pas marcher tellement ils venaient tous me voir, alors que les gens des équipes américaines m'ignoraient. Les gens de Montréal m'ont toujours fait sentir confortable."

  • Here are some arguments that Brendan Gallagher shouldn't be the new captain. For one, because that's not what Guy Lafleur actually said. [The Hockey Writers]

  • I feel like I've seen the "Dale Weise doing pretty well"-type articles a lot, yet they still surprise me each and every time. Anyways, Weise had his most productive season yet in 2014-15, with 29 points in 79 regular season games. [Canadiens]

Around the League and Elsewhere

  • An interview with Bob McKenzie about his career. Check out his youth - I've never empathized more with a Canadian sports presenter more. [National Post]

    I was desperately trying to get hired full-time by the Globe, the Sun or the Star, to cover hockey. I wasn’t having a lot of success, and I was getting frustrated. I used to leave the Globe and Mail after a rewrite shift and I’d walk out the front door, and I’d turn around and give the Globe the finger. Then I would get in my car, I would get on the Gardiner and, as I was going by — the Star on the right-hand side, the Sun on the left-hand side — I’d give each of them the finger every night because they hadn’t hired me.

  • A brilliant tribute to Tore Purdy (better known as JLikens of Objective NHL), who had tragically died at age 28. [ESPN]

    "He basically verified everything we were doing in a rigorous statistical manner, in a way that made you comfortable with the results," says Benjamin Wendorf, a writer for The Hockey News. Concepts that hockey analysts now use regularly -- puck possession and how it's measured, shooting percentage regressions, shot quality -- "are only spoken about so confidently because a lot of his work has held up."

  • The players suing the NHL for its handling of head injuries want Brendan Shanahan to travel to Minnesota for deposition. Up until now, Shanahan hasn't agreed to cooperate with the case. [TSN]

  • Mike Babcock's quest to recreate the Red Wings in Toronto, starting with luring his assistant coaches over. [NBC Sports]

  • Paul Kariya was recently induced into B.C. Hall of Fame. He apparently spends his post-retirement days surfing (sometimes with Scott Niedermayer) and not having anything to do with hockey. Guess this is why Teemu Selanne once said that he senses Kariya is "bitter" about the way his career ended. [Vancouver Sun]

  • It was only the third time in league history that both conference finals went to a game 7, and what a nail-biting experience it has been. [Globe and Mail]