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Wednesday Habs Headlines: Mikhail Sergachev has what it takes to become a franchise player

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Here are your daily links, including Sergachev being a blue-chip prospect, Shea Weber leading through change, and an opportunity for the young guys in Andrei Markov’s absence.

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Montreal Canadiens news and notes

  • EOTP managing editor Marc Dumont chats about the Canadiens’ sliding penalty kill unit, how Mikhail Sergachev has all the tools to become a franchise defenceman, and how losing Kirk Muller to Las Vegas would affect the team. [TSN 690]
  • Marc will also co-host the Morning Show today and tomorrow!
  • Adjusting to life in a new city, in a new province, with a new language, and a new team, Shea Weber has still managed to solidify himself as a very important piece to the Habs’ leadership core. [Sports Illustrated]
  • With Andrei Markov out with a day-to-day ailment, it’ll be up to some of the blue line’s young guns, namely Nathan Beaulieu and Mark Barberio, to step up to the plate. [Fox Sports]
  • Carey Price continues to lead the Atlantic Division in NHL All-Star Captain voting.
  • Habs prospect Zachary Fucale was named to Team Canada’s roster ahead of the 2016 Spengler Cup, where the team will look for their second championship in a row. [Hockey Canada]
  • Brought on to mentor the IceCaps’ starting goaltender Charlie Lindgren, backup/veteran Yann Danis has proven he’s still got more hockey to play. [The Telegram]
  • With the many call-ups and reassignments of Sven Andrighetto and Mark Barberio in the last while, there is, of course, a (financial) method to the madness. [The Telegram]
  • CTV’s Brian Wilde joins Andrew Berkshire for his final podcast of 2016 to chat about Michel Therrien’s performance to this point of the season compared to last, David Desharnais’ future, and much more. [The Andrew Berkshire Podcast]

Around the league and elsewhere

  • Jaromir Jagr has tied Mark Messier for second place on the league’s all-time scoring list:
  • To celebrate the NHL’s centennial, they will launch a slew of daily content as of January 1, with Top 100 Player profiles, vignettes, and more. [NHL]
  • An update on Craig Cunningham after his on-ice collapse last month.
  • Bob McKenzie has a more in-depth look at Cunningham’s fight for his life. [TSN]
  • An all-new One-Minute Tactics on how the Red Army’s passing plays continue to thrive in today’s league: