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NHL: Montreal Canadiens at New York Islanders Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Montreal Canadiens News and Notes

  • The Habs may still sit atop the division, but it’s worth asking if they’re still considered a lock to take the Atlantic. [TSN]
  • Another area where the Canadiens are number one is Twitter. [Global News]
  • Taking a look at the Nikita Nesterov deal, by the numbers. [Sportsnet]
  • As has been heavily speculated already, this latest trade by Marc Bergevin could help him set the stage for further transactions. [Sportsnet]
  • Craig Button gives the Habs an A, thanks in no small part to Shea Weber and Alexander Radulov. [TSN]
  • Paul Byron has come a long way since being claimed on waivers, and now he means so much more to the Canadiens. [FanRag Sports]
  • Carey Price likes to warm up by taking some shots, as it happens, he’s the new Boom Boom! [TSN]
  • “You can’t win the Stanley Cup in January,” says Carey Price. Good thing as February looms, he’s returning to elite form. [The Globe and Mail]
  • Chris Terry is not bothered by the juggling between AHL and NHL teams. [The Telegram]

Around the League and Elsewhere

  • Brent Burns is in whatever is beastier than beast mode - and should be seriously considered as an MVP candidate thus far. [The Washington Post]
  • Our pals at Raw Charge think the Nesterov trade might end up being a bad one for Tampa Bay. [Raw Charge]
  • Just like it could with Montreal, the trade could be the start of more action for the Lightning. [FanRag Sports]
  • Matt Duchene is open to being traded, so SBNation took a look at some realistic and some not-so-realistic possible destinations. [SBNation]
  • Darren Dreger joins the morning show with Conor McKenna and says trade prices should drop as the deadline gets closer. [TSN 690]
  • One season after being overwhelmed as Carey Price’s replacement, Mike Condon has been a core component of the Ottawa Senators’ success this year. [RDS]
  • Another former Hab, James Wisniewski, is hoping to kickstart a comeback with the Chicago Wolves.
  • John Tortorella loves dogs, and his son’s pitbull needs taking care of, so Coach Torts is skipping All-Star Weekend to take care of Emma. [Deadspin]
  • In case you were wondering about the 21st century top hockey players. [Risto Pakarinen]
  • Prince Edward Island looks to make a change in their legislation, which would help classify CHL players as amateurs. [TSN]