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Your daily links, including a rookie inspired by Saku Koivu, injury updates, interesting Habs stats, All Star Game news and more.

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Montreal Canadiens News and Notes

  • Artturi Lehkonen has impressed in his rookie campaign, and the future is bright for the former second round draft pick. [Journal de Montréal]
  • Like many Habs fans, Lehkonen has a soft spot in his heart for countryman Saku Koivu. [La Presse]
  • Alex Galchenyuk is having problems with his knee again and will be day-to-day, missing Tuesday’s game against Calgary. [EOTP]
  • One positive from Brendan Gallagher’s absence has been his appearances on the TSN 690 morning show. He joined Conor McKenna again to talk about his rehab, and the Pittsburgh Steelers’ loss on Sunday. [TSN 690]
  • We think of Gally as being positive all the time, but the team doctor’s apparently don’t think he’s a good patient. [Amanda Stein]
  • The bye week has many critics, but honestly, it will do the Canadiens some good to get a break in the schedule. [Sportsnet]
  • Are you tired of hearing about Mark Barberio? Good, neither am I. [Carolyn Wilke]
  • At the upcoming All Star Game in Los Angeles, General Managers may be getting together in their downtime to try to line up some transactions, what might Marc Bergevin do? [Journal de Montréal]
  • Giggling Gallagher will make everyone smile, and there’s lots of giggles in the newest edition of The Duel between Brendan Gallagher and Nathan Beaulieu. [Montreal Canadiens]
  • The city of Montreal has a deep history with the NHL All Star Game. [NHL]
  • Former Canadiens player Eric Landry is taking over head coaching duties of the Olympiques de Gatineau in the QMJHL. [Journal de Montréal]

Around the League and Elsewhere

  • NHL’ers tend to steer away from excuses as often as possible, but Sunday generated two epic complaints about ice quality in two different arenas. [NBC Sports]
  • And for more complaining, Bob McKenzie asked NHL coaches what irks them. Number one answer: the schedule. [TSN]
  • This week’s NHL super slow-mo features some nice dangles by Drouin and some bashing by Benn. [NHL]
  • Matthew Tkachuk, Mitch Marner and Auston Matthews have a unique triangle of bromance. [Sportsnet]
  • Corey Schneider walks us through the design of the new goalie pants aimed at helping protect netminders while increasing scoring. [North Jersey]
  • The newest All Star Game skills contest is riddled with rules and point values, get your pens and notepads out, you may want to take notes. [Puck Daddy]
  • Meanwhile, three artists are confirmed to perform at the ASG in Los Angeles. If you know who any of them are, you’re younger and cooler than me. [Billboard]
  • Eric Boulton forged himself a 20 year career against all odds, and he’s the last of his kind in the NHL. [The Hockey News]
  • Paul Holmgren lost a big brother over 40 years ago, but still thinks about Dave every day. [The Player’s Tribune]
  • Teemu Selanne is enjoying life after hockey. [NHL]
  • The Tragically Hip wrote a song about the Toronto Maple Leafs and Canadiana, and it’s taken on a big meaning for Northerners. [TSN]
  • Vancouver Canucks’ prospect Thatcher Demko had himself some cool pads made for a big charity night with the Utica Comets. [Ryan Biech]