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Friday Habs Headlines: David Desharnais inexplicably remains on top power play unit

Here are your daily links from the Habs and around the league, including the power play inefficiency of David Desharnais, the return to form of Tomas Plekanec, and more.

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Montreal Canadiens News and Notes

  • David Desharnais inexplicably remains on the top power play unit for the Canadiens despite woeful production, and it's hurting the team. [Montreal Gazette]
  • Habs Breakfast discusses whether it's possible for the Canadiens to win a Stanley Cup with Michel Therrien as the man behind the bench, and more. [TSN 690]
  • GM Marc Bergevin spoke about the Habs situation, commenting that the team has navigated through one storm, but there will be more - as with any team. [La Presse]
  • Tomas Plekanec has been producing at a much-improved rate as of late, with things finally going his way in the offensive zone. [La Presse]
  • Has Devante Smith-Pelly surpassed Dale Weise in the pecking order of the lineup? [TVA]
  • In case you missed it, Jeff Petry has been added to the injury reserve. On the bright side, however, both Lucas Lessio and Paul Byron are making progress. [EOTP]

Around the League and Elsewhere

  • The Ottawa Senators made a big splash when they acquired Dion Phaneuf from the Toronto Maple Leafs this week, in a deal where the Sens are the team taking all the risk. [SSS]
  • The family of Todd Ewen donated the brain of the former NHLer to science following his death, and now the researcher is sharing some of her findings. [TSN]
  • Next season will be the Detroit Red Wings' final season in Joe Louis Arena, and the team will celebrate their historic barn with the "Farewell at The Joe" campaign. [WIIM]
  • Despite some rumours that they may be shopping around the market, the Dallas Stars may not look to bring in defensive help through a trade. [DBD]
  • Connor McDavid has been fantastic since returning from injury, but can he help Jordan Eberle break the 30-goal plateau for the first time since 2011-12? [CnB]
  • Check out this interview with Beth Hanrahan, forward for the NWHL's New York Riveters. [BSB]
  • Raw Charge managing editor John Fontana has shared his story of living with Neurofibromatosis Type II, while also introducing Deke the Deuce - a NF2 awareness fundraising campaign. [RC]