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Friday Habs Headlines: Marc Bergevin giving off a "sense of desperation"

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Here are your daily links from the Habs and around the league, including the position the Canadiens' management group find themselves in, evaluating the team's backup plans between the pipes, and John Scott opens up about his All-Star treatment.

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Montreal Canadiens News and Notes

  • Darren Dreger joined the TSN 690 crew to discuss, among other things, the position Marc Bergevin finds himself in. Is the Habs GM desperate to get something done? How confident is Geoff Molson in his management staff? [TSN 690]
  • In somewhat of a contrast to Dreger, Eric Engels suggests that Bergevin needs to take a firm "win-now" attitude with his slumping group. [SN]
  • More from 690: Ray Ferraro believes the Habs need a shake-up after failing to get results without Carey Price. Normand Flynn, meanwhile, suggests that the blame does not lie with any singular person. [TSN 690 | FerraroFlynn]
  • It is no easy task to replace the reigning Hart and Vezina winner in Price, and the Canadiens back-up plans in goal have been failing to do so. [RDS]
  • Bergevin may have attempted to shoulder all of the blame during his recent press conference, but so far nothing has changed. [La Presse]
  • P.K. Subban is confident that the Canadiens can find a way out of this stretch and back into the playoff picture. [La Presse]
  • With the Canadiens' season spinning out of control, there aren't many people who can relate to Michel Therrien right now. One who can, though, is Guy Carbonneau. [Montreal Gazette]
  • Subban's tweet showing his winter wonderland for the Montreal Children's Hospital has the distinction of being the most popular from a player of a Canadian team player. [The Star]
  • Don't miss John Scott's piece for The Players Tribune, as the enforcer goes into detail on his journey to the NHL and what being an All-Star means to him, despite his treatment by the league. [TPP]

Around the League and Elsewhere

  • The most recent editions of PensBurgh's "The Unheralded" features players from the Metropolitan and Pacific Divisions who don't always get the credit they deserve. [Pensburgh | Metro | Pacific]
  • Fighting has slowly become less and less common in the National Hockey League, with fighting majors now at a 15-year low. [PPP]
  • The NHL has announced the All-Star replacements for Alex Ovechkin and Jonathan Toews:
  • After much speculation, the Columbus Blue Jackets dealt young forward Ryan Johansen to Nashville for blue-liner Seth Jones. How is the young defender fitting in with his new team? [JC]
  • A team in a similar position as the Habs, the New Jersey Devils can not afford to find themselves in the middle of the pack at the end of the season. [AATJ]
  • Down Goes Brown suggests a way the NHL All-Star Game can be improved, and it comes down to a simple need to be a little bit more like the great Al Iafrate. [DGB]
  • With Wayne Gretzky's recent 55th birthday, Copper n Blue take a look back at the dominant performances of the Great One. [CNB]