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Wednesday Habs Headlines: Jonathan Drouin in an uncomfortable situation

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In today’s links, a look at Jonathan Drouin’s lacklustre close to 2017, the Habs stand on the precipice of a long and painful retool, and recapping the first half of the 2017-18 NHL season.

NHL: JAN 04 Lightning at Canadiens Photo by Vincent Ethier/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Montreal Canadiens news and notes:

  • Jonathan Drouin is in an uncomfortable situation, and has noticeably declined since his lower-body injury at the end of November. [RDS | Google Translate]
  • The state of the Canadiens after 41 games. [The Athletic]
  • The Montreal Canadiens could be at the cusp of a long and painful re-tooling. [Montreal Gazette]
  • Tomas Plekanec answers the most commonly Googled questions about himself. [Montreal Canadiens]
  • Chris Terry dropped in on some kids at practice in Boisbriand yesterday. [Laval Rocket]
  • Down Goes Brown has a look at Canada’s most depressing team - and it’s a three horse race between Edmonton, Montreal, and Ottawa. [Sportsnet]
  • ICYMI: Our mid-season reviews have begun with looks at Charles Hudon and Alex Galchenyuk. [EOTP | Hudon | Galchenyuk]

Around the league and elsewhere:

  • Examining the five best goaltending performances at the halfway point of the 2017-18 season. [Sportsnet]
  • A look at how the Vegas Golden Knights assembled one of the best lines in the NHL: Jonathan Marchessault, William Karlsson, and Reilly Smith. [ProHockeyTalk]
  • Strong down the middle, the Edmonton Oilers are hampered by a weakness on the wing. [TSN]
  • Alexander Radulov is the free agent signing of the year thus far in this mid-season awards list. [Sportsnet]
  • The Nashville Predators signed three depth players to new contracts. [On the Forecheck]
  • Paul Maurice responds to the recent criticism by some San Jose Sharks players levelled at the city of Winnipeg. [Tyler Esquivel]
  • Chris Kreider underwent successful rib resection, and will be re-evaluated in six weeks. [NY Rangers]