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Wednesday Habs Headlines: Russia banned from the 2018 Winter Olympics

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In today’s news, the IOC suspends Russia from the 2018 Games, Jacob de la Rose gets his chance on an offensive line, and teams across the NHL assess their rosters.

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Montreal Canadiens news and notes

  • Jacob de la Rose was perhaps an unexpected choice to replace Jonathan Drouin on the top line. [Journal de Montreal | Google Translate]
  • Claude Julien has had a positive impact on the Montreal Canadiens. [RDS]
  • Brendan Gallagher is an impact player once again. [RDS]
  • A skate switch has been part of Carey Price’s rebound. [TSN]
  • The Canadiens star netminder had things to prove. [Journal de Montreal]
  • Cayden Primeau has been named Hockey East Rookie of the Week. [Northeastern University Athletics]

Around the league and elsewhere

  • The Russian National Olympic Committee has been suspended from the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang. Russian athletes who are proven to be clean may compete under a neutral flag. [Sportsnet]
  • The IOC’s decision may have implications for Hockey Canada, as the KHL had previously threatened to bar all of its players from Olympics participation in such a circumstance. [TSN]
  • A look at sexual harrassment in sports. [Hockey Wilderness]
  • According to Forbes, the New York Rangers are the NHL’s most valuable franchise. [TSN]
  • In the wake of the tragic death of 16-year-old Jordan Boyd in 2013, the QMJHL announced the implementation of new safety measures. [TSN]
  • Riley Cote claims that cannabis use is common in the NHL. [Merry Jane]
  • Corey Pronman talks to AHL President Dave Andrews about the state of the league. [The Athletic]
  • Ron Hextall is standing by embattled head coach Dave Hakstol. [TSN]
  • Apparently the Matt Duchene-Kyle Turris trade wasn’t enough. Is it time to shake up the Ottawa Senators again? [TSN]
  • Viktor Arvidsson was a playmaker in a post-game wedding proposal. Here’s the full story. [Nashville Predators]
  • Brett Connolly was very focused on Monday night. Perhaps too focused? [Twitter]