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Thursday Habs Headlines: Finding the right spot for Alex Galchenyuk

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Here are your daily links, including Markov’s reaction to tying Guy Lapointe, where Alex Galchenyuk should be playing, and a potential start for Charlie Lindgren.

Montreal Canadiens v New Jersey Devils Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images

Montreal Canadiens News and Notes

  • Like his predecessor, Claude Julien has had trouble finding the best spot to play Alex Galchenyuk. [RDS]
  • Andrei Markov is being celebrated for recording his 572nd point with the Canadiens, tying him for second-place all-time among Habs blue-liners with Guy Lapointe. [NHL]
  • The sixteen-season veteran credited his teammates and the organization for allowing him to reach this point. [La Presse]
  • Many are calling for Markov’s number to be retired. [TSN]
  • Markov was humble when asked about reaching the milestone, and took the moment to praise the Bell Centre fans. [Montreal Gazette]
  • Charlie Lindgren may see some action down the stretch as Al Montoya remains out:
  • Zach Fucale became the first-ever member of the Brampton Beast to graduate to the NHL after his emergency call-up to the Habs on Tuesday. [Brampton Beast]

Around the League and Elsewhere

  • The IIHF committing to covering costs for NHL players to take part in the Olympics is unlikely to be enough to keep players there. [Puck Daddy]
  • As it currently stands, Bob McKenzie says, the NHL players will not be participating in the 2018 Olympics. [TSN]
  • Chris Chelios mused that the Toronto Maple Leafs will have difficulty signing veteran free agents who will not want to play for a coach like Mike Babcock. [SN]
  • With the Tampa Bay Lightning just a few points out of the playoffs, Steven Stamkos may be nearing a return as he is now listed as day-to-day. [TSN]