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Wednesday Habs Headlines: Nashville says thank you to Shea Weber

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Here are your daily links, including Shea Weber’s much anticipated return to Nashville, Marc Bergevin’s trade grade, and more

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NHL: Montreal Canadiens at Nashville Predators Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Montreal Canadiens news and notes

  • There was not a dry eye at the Bridgestone Arena after a tribute to Shea Weber, who played his first game in Nashville since being traded to Montreal in late June.
  • So far most of Marc Bergevin’s moves have had a positive impact on the team, and how Montoya’s extension can make everyone happy. [TSN 690]
  • Carey Price was already rather impressive, but to no one’s surprise, 2017 kicks off with another accolade for the Canadiens’ star netminder as he is one of two NHL players to make the Forbes 30 Under 30 list. [NHL]
  • In honor of last night’s Nashville game, take a look back at former Predator’s captain Shea Weber’s What the (Blank)? questions and answers from December 2015. [Player’s Tribune]
  • It’s been just over two decades, but we’re still a long ways away from forgetting the trading of star goaltender Patrick Roy to the Colorado Avalanche in 1995, as it makes the cut for one of the most memorable moments in the NHL’s 100 years. [CBC]
  • Carey Price’s dominance in net is not a question, but the thwarter of goals has not had a consistent backup since the days of Peter Budaj. If the Vegas Golden Knights don’t make a move on the Big Cubano, the Canadiens, perhaps, have found some solid backup goaltending in Al Montoya. [La Presse]
  • IceCaps head coach Sylvain Lefebvre had one of his best months since coaching the Habs’ farm team.
  • Though he now sports the classic bleu, blanc et rouge in favor of the shocking yellow of the Predator’s home kit, Shea Weber’s legacy in Nashville is far from fading out. [ESPN]
  • Mikhail Sergachev has arrived in Montreal for the IIHF World Juniors and gave his first interviews in the city since he returned to Windsor in October.
  • Bryan Pitton will return to the Brampton Beast after being released from a Professional Tryout with the St. John’s IceCaps. [IceCaps]
  • Canadiens prospect Zach Fucale has bagged himself a spot as an alternate ahead of the ECHL All-Star Game.
  • Speaking of Fucale, he joined the hosts of The Power Play to discuss his recent Spengler Cup victory and his development with the Canadiens organization. [Sirius]

Around the league and elsewhere

  • While former Canadien PK Subban is disappointed in missing the first of two Habs-Preds matchups of the season, he is focused on his recovery if he hopes to get back to the game any time soon. [Sportsnet]
  • To no one’s surprise, Austin Matthews was named the NHL’s rookie of the month. [Sportsnet]
  • It’s not the first time that Hockey Canada has had to deal with poor attendance for the IIHF World Junior Championship, and they’ll need to reevaluate their strategy to fill seats for championships to come. [Yahoo]