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Wednesday Habs Headlines: Mark Barberio is living his dream

Here are your daily links covering the Canadiens and the league, including Barberio's experience as a Canadien, momentum from the Winter Classic, and more.

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Montreal Canadiens News and Notes

  • Not only is Mark Barberio playing for his favourite childhood hockey club, he happens to be teammates with his favourite hockey player growing up as well! Can you guess who that player may be? [Montreal Gazette]
  • Max Pacioretty received the Molson Cup for the month of December, the fourth of his career. The captain put up three goals and two assists in 14 games during his team's rough outing in December. [Canadiens]
  • Still, there are still debates going on regarding whether Pacioretty was the right player to be selected as the captain of the Montreal Canadiens. [TSN 690]
  • Will the return of a vital right winger, and a decisive win over an arch-rival at the Winter Classic revitalize the Montreal Canadiens moving forward? [Puck DaddyTSN 690]
  • Brett Lernout is making slow, but steady progress during his first full season with the St. John's IceCaps. Though the hulking defenseman is still adjusting to life in the AHL, he is also learning from this experience. [The Telegram]
  • Speaking of the IceCaps, check out their Molson Cup Three Stars standings!

Around The League and Elsewhere

  • IIHF president Rene Fasel ruffled some feathers by asking Hockey Canada to reduce the prices of the 2017 World Junior Championships tickets, and suggesting that Team Canada should include more French-speaking players on their roster in order to attract more fans in Montreal. [Montreal Gazette]
  • For all their talk of not pointing fingers, Hockey Canada's top brass hasn't practiced what it preached. [Pension Plan Puppets]
  • Jonathan Drouin requested a trade from the Tampa Bay Lightning, and speculation is heating up with regards to the forward's possible destinations. [Sportsnet]
  • While Drouin's trade request may seem shocking, it is not without precedence. This is not the first time the Tampa Bay Lightning organization has had to deal with discontent first-round picks. [RawCharge]
  • Unfortunately, the Bell Centre faithful will not be able to see Mike Cammalleri today, as the New Jersey Devils' leading scorer is still suffering from the after effects of an upper body injury. [Le Journal De Montreal]
  • Jarome Iginla has joined some pretty elite company!