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Friday Habs Headlines: Andrei Markov makes no excuses for his poor play

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Here are your daily links from the Habs and around the league, including the possibility of acquiring Eric Staal from the Carolina Hurricanes and what that might cost, the recent play of Andrei Markov, and the health of Carey Price.

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Montreal Canadiens News and Notes

  • Pierre McGuire joined TSN 690 to discuss a variety of topics, including potential trade targets for the Habs. Could Eric Staal of the Carolina Hurricanes be the perfect fit? [TSN 690]
  • Andrei Markov made no excuses for some recent poor performances that saw his ice time lowered, and has been working hard to get back on the first defensive pairing. [La Presse]
  • Arpon Basu appeared on the NHL Network to discuss the situation surrounding Alex Galchenyuk, as well as Galchenyuk's recent play, possible trade pieces, and the health of Carey Price. [NHL.com]
  • Michel Therrien was happy with his team's effort, but admitted they simply can't score. [Twitter]
  • In case you missed it, a few injured Habs skated before yesterday's game against the Blackhawks, including Price and Dale Weise. [EOTP]
  • If you combine Max Pacioretty and Andrei Markov, it equals a nightmare. [Twitter]

Around the League and Elsewhere

  • After much speculation, a trade involving young forward Jonathan Drouin may be imminent, with the St. Louis Blues considered the front-runners to land the highly touted Tampa Bay Lightning prospect. [TVA Sports]
  • Which bubble teams are the most likely to win a playoff berth? What should we be keeping an eye on over the second half of the regular season? The SB Nation NHL Blog Council, including Scott Matla, has the answers. [SBN]
  • Which teenagers have put up the best performances throughout NHL history? [SN]
  • The Washington Capitals honoured captain Alex Ovechkin with a golden stick after the dynamic Russian scored his 500th career NHL goal, while some NHL legends passed along their congratulations. [RMNB]
  • A legal battle is brewing between Don Fehr and the NHL Players' Association, and former player Claude Lemieux. [TSN]
  • Former Hab Scott Gomez has joined the Hershey Bears of the AHL on a professional tryout contract. Gomez has played 21 games for the St. Louis Blues this year, recording 8 points. [Puck Daddy]