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Thursday Habs Headlines: All eyes on Ilya Kovalchuk

Here are your daily links, including the future of Carey Price, an off-season under Claude Julien, and whether the Habs might be a landing spot for Ilya Kovalchuk.

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Montreal Canadiens News and Notes

  • The Montreal Canadiens need offensive help, and that may make them a potential destination for Ilya Kovalchuk, along with many, many, many other teams. [SN]
  • Elliotte Friedman also wonders whether or not Montreal could land Kovalchuk. [NHL]
  • As the speculation ramps up, The Score also has the Habs on their list of possible teams. [Score]
  • Bob McKenzie suggests that Carey Price’s contract negotiations cannot be compared to that of any other free agent. [TSN 690]
  • Simon Bourque and the Saint John Sea Dogs are headed to the Memorial Cup.
  • A first-round exit was disappointing for the Habs, but an off-season of changes under Claude Julien gives reason to be hopeful. [RDS]
  • Francois Gagnon joined the Morning Show to discuss, among other things, who should coach the Laval Rocket next season. [TSN 690]
  • The duo of Mikhail Sergachev and Jeremiah Addison are set to be major pieces of a Windsor Spitfires team hoping to win the Memorial Cup on home ice. [Montreal Gazette]
  • Forty-four years ago yesterday, Henri Richard set an unbelievable record as he won his 11th Stanley Cup. [Canadiens]
  • While often plagued by injuries, Elmer Lach is an all-time great for both the Habs and the NHL. [Leader Post]

Around the League and Elsewhere

  • P.K. Subban has stopped wondering why he was traded by the Canadiens, and is focused only on his opportunity with the Predators. [SN (YouTube)]
  • The earliest Ilya Kovalchuk can sign with the New Jersey Devils ahead of a trade elsewhere is July 1st. [AATJ]
  • William Carrier says that the injury suffered by Buffalo Sabres’ forward Kyle Okposo was a concussion. [Twitter]
  • Members of the St. John’s Ice Caps ownership group are reportedly working to bring a National Basketball League of Canada franchise to Newfoundland. [CBC]
  • The Charlotte Checkers had a bit of a mishap when attempting to thank their partners this season: