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Saturday Habs Headlines: Victor Mete on the radar for Canada’s Olympic team

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In today’s links, Canada can’t get enough Victor Mete, Jeremy Grégoire steps up, Caroline Ouellette is keeping busy, and Eugene Melnyk may just be the worst owner in professional sports.

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Montreal Canadiens news and notes

  • Victor Mete has been named to Team Canada for the 2018 World Junior Hockey Championship, but that may not be the only international play he gets this season, as he’s also on the radar for participation in the Olympics. [TSN]
  • Artturi Lehkonen has finally resumed skating with his teammates, and may be back in the lineup relatively soon. [La Presse]
  • With the Laval Rocket’s roster depleted, it has been Jeremy Grégoire who has stepped up the most. [RDS]
  • She’s won Olympic gold and the Clarkson Cup, and now, after leading her girls team to an impressive showing at the Quebec International Pee-Wee Hockey Tournament, players from all across the province are signing up to receive Caroline Ouellette’s tutelage. [Hockey Quebec]
  • She’s also doing her best to raise a new Habs fan. [Instagram]

Around the league and elsewhere

  • Eugene Melnyk felt the eve of the Ottawa Senators’ outdoor game on Parliament Hill was a good time to call out the team’s fanbase, suggest trading top players, and threaten to relocate the franchise. [CBC]
  • The main prerequisite for being a top-line centre in the NHL used to be the ability to put the puck in the net, but in today’s game, good defensive play is just as necessary for earning elite status. [TSN]
  • Pavel Buchnevich has been one of the New York Rangers’ best forwards ... in the rare opportunities he’s been given by his head coach. [Blueshirt Banter]
  • With Petr Mrazek unable to replicate his performance over the previous two seasons as the Detroit Red Wings starter, he is now the subject of trade conversations. [Winging It In Motown]