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Friday Habs Headlines: Artturi Lehkonen is due for an offensive breakout in the second half

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In today’s headlines, Lehkonen is primed for an outburst, Terry just wants to win, Habs prospects’ teams load up, the men’s Olympic team is announced, and more.

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Montreal Canadiens news and notes

  • Artturi Lehkonen is one of the players due for an offensive explosion in the second half of the season. [Sportsnet]
  • Chris Terry isn’t concerned about his stats. He just wants his team to do well, and that includes not only making the post-season, but taking a run at a Calder Cup. [Canadiens.com]
  • Joni Ikonen has slowly, steadily been getting more involved in the offence this season. He was able to show off some of his skills in yesterday’s game:
  • Some of the top trades made ahead of the CHL trade deadline will have several Habs prospects primed for deep post-season runs. Get a breakdown of some of the most notable moves. [Sportsnet]
  • Michael Pezzetta made an immediate impact with his new team, the Sarnia Sting:
  • In case you missed it yesterday, we highlighted community member Silvertip’s fanpost arguing against a tank. [EOTP]

Around the league and elsewhere

  • Look no further than the Buffalo Sabres for a case where a top draft position didn’t lead to a turnaround. [Sporting News]
  • Or the disastrous season that serves as Exhibit B in Edmonton. [NBC Sports]
  • ISS Hockey has released its January list of the top 31 draft prospects. [ISS]
  • Tom Dundon will become the new owner of the Carolina Hurricanes. [Canes Country]
  • The team that will represent Canada at the Winter Olympics has been revealed, with several former Habs on the roster. [Hockey Canada]
  • A year after his hockey career was put in jeopardy after a broken neck in the KHL, Wojtek Wolski is going to play in the Olympics. [Instagram]
  • The Vegas Golden Knights are dealing with a claim of trademark infringement for their nickname. [SportsLogos.net]
  • Yesterday the newest franchise released a statement on the situation. [TSN]
  • With Auston Matthews due a massive contract once his entry-level deal expires. would the Toronto Maple Leafs be better off to trade him instead? [ESPN]
  • Jessica Platt announced recently that she was transgender, becoming the first person on a Canadian professional sports team to do so. [Instagram]
  • Katie Barnes has the story of the Toronto Furies player. [ESPN]