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Friday Habs Headlines: Montreal may be the busiest team at the trade deadline

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In today’s links: Bergevin is going to be busy, Galchenyuk needs to be given some slack, the CWHL All-Star Game approaches, and much more.

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Montreal Canadiens news and notes

  • The trade deadline is less than a month away, and when the dust finally settles on the hectic afternoon it could very well be the Canadiens who altered the makeup of their team the most. [Sportsnet]
  • Darren Dreger outlined which areas the Habs will be targeting the most for an upgrade. [TSN 690]
  • Mathieu Perreault may be one option to help them increase their playoff chances. [RDS]
  • Alex Galchenyuk has become the scapegoat during the recent stretch of poor performances, and that doesn’t make much sense. [TSN 690]
  • Despite the implications in some reports of the general manager/player-only meetings, Michel Therrien is not on the hot seat. [TSN]
  • In fact, those very reports made a mountain out of what is an everyday occurrence for the team. [Le Journal de Montreal]
  • The Habs are running out of deployment options for the struggling David Desharnais. [Richard Labbé]
  • The constant promotion/reassignment between the Canadiens and St. John’s IceCaps is only likely to intensify as final penny-pinching takes place before the trade deadline. [St. John’s IceCaps]
  • Cathy Chartrand will be participating in the CWHL All-Star festivities this weekend after her Canadiennes teammate, Lauriane Rougeau, was unable to attend. [CWHL]
  • Yesterday was Les Canadiennes rookie Sarah Lefort’s birthday. Perhaps she used this technique to snuff out the candles on her cake:
  • Hayden Hawkey is finally getting steady playing time at Providence College after having to play the role of backup to one the NCAA’s top netminders. It turns out he’s not so bad himself, currently riding an eight-game winning streak. [SB Nation College Hockey]
  • And people say the Habs have no elite prospects....
  • In some sad news, Andrei Markov will be using the five-day break to head to Russia and collect his twin sons after the passing of his ex-wife, Natalia Streckova. [Le Journal de Montreal]

Around the league and elsewhere

  • To get a better sense of what it’s like to commit to train as an unpaid player in the CWHL, go behind the scenes for a day in the life of three of the Toronto Furies’ stars. [The Athletic]
  • The NHL has decided to respond to the lawsuit it is currently facing by attempting to discredit the scientific research on concussions. [The New York Times]
  • TSN ranked the Ottawa Senators’ top 25 players of their quarter-century history, and their top selection is no surprise. [TSN]
  • Fatima Al Ali, who became a social media star with her incredible stickhandling video, was in Washington to meet Alex Ovechkin and the Capitals yesterday. [NHL.com]
  • She also dropped the puck before the Capitals’ matchup with the Detroit Red Wings: