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Tuesday Habs Headlines: Bob McKenzie thinks this is a big year for both Marc Bergevin and Michel Therrien

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In today's links, Bergevin and Therrien won't be on the hot seat to start the year, but may begin to feel the heat if the results don't materialize by the new year, Price looks to be the starter for Team Canada at the World Cup of Hockey, and Alex Ovechkin isn't happy with the current NHL post-season format.

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Montreal Canadiens news and notes

  • Bob McKenzie doesn't believe that Marc Bergevin and Michel Therrien will be job hunting any time soon, but states that they do need some results to back up their frnachise-altering decisions this off-season. [Today's Slapshot]
  • I'm sure it came as a surprise to no one that a John Tortorella-coached Team U.S.A. came out bruising; the style of play even eclipsed the return of our beloved Carey Price [CBC Sports]
  • Notwithstanding a loss to the U.S. in the first, meaningless pre-tournament game, Price facing Tomas Plekanec's Czechs seems a given:

  • Will Bitten and Arvid Henrikson are looking forward to getting to Montreal:

    Can't wait to be back in MTL ⚪️

    A photo posted by Bitsy (@willbitten14) on

  • Brendan Gallagher and Alex Galchenyuk are making burgers at a McDonald's near you (unless you're not in Montreal) [YouTube]

Around the League and elsewhere

  • Alex Ovechkin, whose team hasn't made it past the second round since the dawn of time, is not fond of the NHL's playoff format [TSN.ca]
  • John Tortorella is going to be careful not to over-coach Team U.S.A. Good news! He's going to keep under coaching! [NHL.com]
  • Pierre McGuire thinks Ryan Kesler is a dirty cheap-shot artist (this is the writer's interpretation) [TSN 690]
  • Team North America obviously plays some sexy hockey. Will Canadians end up cheering against Team Canada? [Globe and Mail]
  • Speaking of Team North America, they might have beaten the worst team in the tournament, twice, which was a nice warmup, but man - they're fun to watch [National Post]