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Friday Habs Headlines: Failing the grade at the quarter mark

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In today’s links, the Habs aren’t meeting expectations, the blame is falling squarely on Marc Bergevin, and the NHL is looking at eSports.

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Montreal Canadiens news and notes

  • Eric Engels grades the Habs at the quarter mark of the season ... and it ain’t pretty. [Sportsnet]
  • Antti Niemi defied the critics with his performance against the Nashville Predators. [Sportsnet]
  • The Canadiens could be preparing for a rebuild. [Hockey I/O (Video)]
  • Is Victor Mete going to be returned to the London Knights? [London Free Press]
  • Marc Bergevin had all the tools. This season is the result of the GM’s own failings. [RDS]
  • Justin Bourne thinks mental fragility is causing the Canadiens to give up multiple goals within a 60-second span. [The Athletic]
  • Even Hydro-Quebec is taking shots at the anemic Canadiens. [Montreal Gazette]
  • Thomas Ebbing is enjoying life after graduation and making the most of the start of his professional career. [Montreal Canadiens]
  • Lukas Vejdemo is continuing to enjoy a superb season. [Patrik Bexell]

Around the league and elsewhere:

  • P.K. Subban doesn’t want to be defined by his race. [The Athletic]
  • In his weekly 31 Thoughts, Elliotte Friedman says the NHL is looking at getting into the eSports market. [Sportsnet]
  • Duncan Keith wants to play until he’s 45. [TSN]
  • Is Tuukka Rask over the hill? [TSN]
  • Connor McDavid has been playing through an illness that’s caused him to lose 5-10 lbs. [TSN]
  • Dennis Wideman is joining the OHL’s Kitchener Rangers as an assistant coach. [TSN]
  • The NHL is trying to clean up its on-ice language. [Toronto Star]
  • A man has been convicted of stabbing another man to death over a comment regarding the criminal’s New Jersey Devils hat. [Yahoo!]