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Thursday Habs Headlines: Losing defencemen like Andrei Markov has hurt the Canadiens’ offence

Here are your daily links, including a hard look at the Habs’ options on the backend, Alex Galchenyuk’s new friend, Nikita Scherbak’s improvement, and more.

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Montreal Canadiens news and notes

  • The Canadiens are hurting from their lack of defencemen who can contribute offensively. [Montreal Gazette]
  • Nikita Scherbak has been a driving force for Laval this season, and Mitch Brown recently broke down some of the best aspects of his game. [The Athletic]
  • Alex Galchenyuk has developed a sweet bond with a young fan. [Canadiens]
  • The NCAA’s December picks for both Rookie and Goalie of the Month also happens to be a seventh-round draft pick of the Habs, and Cayden Primeau is looking more and more like a steal. [Sportsnet]
  • ICYMI: Will Tomas Plekanec make the 1,000 game milestone with Montreal? [EOTP]
  • Carey Price has been named to the Atlantic Division All-Star Team, along with four members of the Tampa Bay Lightning, who will host. [EOTP]

Around the league and elsewhere

  • Pierre McGuire shared on Wednesday that he is recovering from surgery for prostate cancer, but he is doing well and expects to be back traveling in time for the Olympics. [USA Today]
  • Even Connor McDavid is sick of offside challenges, especially after his team suffered from a close call. [TSN]
  • With Olympic rosters being finalized, Chris Johnston reminded everyone how amazing a Canadian team with NHLers could have been for the 2018 Winter Games. [Sportsnet]
  • Hockey Canada wanted World Juniors standout Cale Makar (COL) to join the team in Pyeonchang, but it appears that will not be happening, according to Darren Dreger.