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Saturday Habs Headlines: Marc Bergevin has the green light to make a deadline splash

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Montreal Canadiens News and Notes

  • All signs are GO for the Habs. The time to win is now, and Marc Bergevin has the green light to do whatever is necessary to make the team a true contender this season. [TSN]
  • A healthier roster is a best-case scenario for GM Marc Bergevin, as trade deadline and playoffs loom. [Journal de Montréal]
  • Good health is good when you’re going to be put through your paces at practice:
  • Bob McKenzie feels that Andrew Shaw brings more positive to the Habs than he does negative. [TSN 690]
  • As always, Alexander Radulov finds a way to be energetic and entertaining:
  • It looks as though Jacob De La Rose won’t be playing against the Washington Capitals on Saturday afternoon. [J-F Chaumont]
  • Carey Price, however, will be the starting goaltender, as per Coach Therrien. [Montreal Canadiens]
  • Max Pacioretty is an underrated player, despite his elite goal-scoring skill. He is respected, but not loved, even by most Canadiens fans. [Montreal Gazette]
  • His contributions are consistent, and as a reward, Pacioretty is the January recipient of the Molson Cup:
  • Andrew Shaw opened up about his desire to be the team’s LGBTQ ambassador. [Puck Daddy]
  • Here’s video of Shaw speaking about it. [NHL]
  • Follow the transaction tree and see how Marc Bergevin turned Tim Bozon into Nikita Nesterov. [EOTP]
  • Sergei Berezin still has an impact on the Montreal Canadiens — Andrei Markov in particular. [Montreal Gazette]
  • If bread dipped in maple syrup is good enough for Phillip Danault, it’s good enough for me. [Marc Antoine Godin]
  • Saturday is the annual Pink the Rink game where Les Canadiennes raise money to fight cancer. [Les Canadiennes]

Around the League and Elsewhere

  • Patrick Marleau joins the 500-goal club! [Fear The Fin]
  • The expansion of the NHL and the arrival of the Vegas Golden Knights will make more jobs available for the AHL’s top talent. [The AHL]
  • Jaroslav Halak is settling into his new team, the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, but surely he hopes to be among those eyeing a return to the NHL. [AHL]
  • Elliotte Friedman wonders if the Olympics could end up being a team-by-team decision. [Sportsnet]
  • The Ottawa Senators celebrate their 25th anniversary by getting fan opinions on the franchise’s all-time roster. [RDS]
  • Two Edmonton Oilers fans made the day of a young Nashville Predators fan by buying him his first hockey jersey. [Global News]
  • A proposed plan by Arizona State University to build an arena in Tempe for the Arizona Coyotes is now dead, as ASU confirms they’re dropping the project. [AZ Central]
  • A KHL team suited up in purple to support children with cancer on World Cancer Day:
  • The Russian professional league also revealed the logo for the Gagarin Cup; playoffs begin later this month!
  • Get to know Toronto Furies blue-liner Renata Fast as she answers everything Steve Dangle can ask. [Sportsnet]
  • Montreal and Toronto chefs are taking their heated rivalries to the ice for a good cause. [Montreal Gazette]