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Monday Habs Links: Friedman ponders Mikko Koivu in Montreal

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Here are your daily links surrounding the Habs and the rest of the hockey world, including Elliotte Friedman pondering if Mikko Koivu could be a trade target for the Canadiens, and the latest on the Stanley Cup finals.

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Montreal Canadiens Links

  • Elliotte Friedman is back with another edition of "30 Thoughts". He mentions that the organization did a great job making Jeff Petry and his family feel comfortable in Montreal. He also ponders if Minnesota Wild captain Mikko Koivu could be a potential fit via trade. [Sportsnet]
  • Speaking of Friedman, he believes that several teams have inquired about Toronto Maple Leafs sniper Phil Kessel. What do you think, Habs fans: Should Marc Bergevin target him? [Sportsnet]
  • Thomas Chabot is one of the most interesting defenders available at the upcoming 2015 NHL Entry Draft, and the Canadiens would be wise to select him with the 26th pick if he's available. [EOTP]
  • Devante Smith-Pelly breaks down his ultimate hockey player, which would include fellow teammate Brendan Gallagher's heart. [Canadiens]

Around the League and Elsewhere

  • The Chicago Blackhawks have complete faith in goaltender Corey Crawford, and believe that he will have no problem bouncing back in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup finals. [Sportsnet]
  • On the flip side, many people went into Saturday night's Game 2 knowing very little about Tampa Bay Lightning backup goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy, but they certainly know about him now. [Puck Daddy]
  • Speaking of the Lightning, their fans certainly have a unique perspective on watching the Stanley Cup finals, as well as hockey in general. [Puck Daddy]
  • Jack Eichel made headlines all throughout the weekend, most notably for dominating top prospect Connor McDavid at the NHL Draft Combine[NHL]
  • Ryan Dixon believes that Eichel will be a Buffalo Sabres icon. It's definitely rather difficult to argue with him right now. [Sportsnet]
  • Boston Bruins general manager Don Sweeney has informed forward Carl Soderberg that he will not receive an offer from the team. The 29-year-old unrestricted free agent recorded 13 goals, 31 assists for 44 points last season. [TVA]
  • Lastly, TSN's Scott Cullen examines the New York Islanders off-season game plan. [TSN]