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Sunday Habs Headlines: Is it time to consider resting players for the playoffs?

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In today’s links, refreshing the veterans, an exceptional off-season acquisition, a hearty rendition of a crowd favourite, and some positive news after a scary incident.

Montreal Canadiens v Toronto Maple Leafs

Montreal Canadiens news and notes

  • With a playoff spot secured and several veterans on the roster, will the Canadiens consider resting players over the final four games of the season? [TSN690]
  • One of those veterans has been steadily producing over his entire career, and should be a top priority to get back under contract for at least next season. [FanRag Sports]
  • There have been some surprising performances in the NHL this season, and Alexander Radulov’s productive return is one of them. [FanRag Sports]
  • Alex Galchenyuk knows his trio with Andrew Shaw and Artturi Lehkonen needs to start producing. [La Presse | Google Translate]
  • Les Canadiennes took the Clarkson Cup to Olympic Stadium for yesterday pre-season game. The trophy joined them for their rendition of “Take Me Out to the Ballgame“:
  • Days after the Habs secured their playoff spot, the ECHL affiliate in Brampton did the same:

Around the league and elsewhere

  • After a scary on-ice collapse, it seems that Philadelphia Flyers goaltender Michal Neuvirth will be OK:
  • After sustaining what looked like a hamstring injury, John Tavares is out week-to-week, crushing the playoff aspirations of the New York Islanders. [NHL.com]
  • Pulling a Daryl Katz, Calgary Flames president Ken King threatens a move his team elsewhere if the club doesn’t get a new arena. [NBC Sports]
  • Patrik Elias has announced his retirement from the NHL, leaving the league as the New Jersey Devils’ all-time leading scorer. [ESPN]
  • Retirement wasn’t the end of a life in hockey for Mario Lemieux and Martin St. Louis. [ESPN]
  • With the Winter Olympics fast approaching, the women’s hockey team rosters are already under construction. But it seems that Team USA is forgetting about one of its more gifted candidates. [Boston Globe]
  • The men’s portion of the event is facing a critical deadline in the coming days. [John Shannon]
  • The NHL named its Three Stars for the month of March. [NHL.com]
  • A Maritime community will host an NHL pre-season game next year, as O’Leary, Prince Edward Island has been selected as the winner of the 2017 Kraft Hockeyville competition. [Sportsnet]
  • A verdict has been reached in an on-ice incident in an Ontario beer-league game last year: a goalie will serve 30 days in jail for a vicious slash to the face of an opponent. [VICE Sports]