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Saturday Habs Headlines: Landing John Tavares would require a commitment to a record contract

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In today’s headlines, the practicalities of acquiring a superstar centreman, more context for Pacioretty’s scoring prowess, and Red Fisher is remembered.

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Montreal Canadiens news and notes

  • If the Canadiens are to land John Tavares, they may need to commit to the richest annual contract the NHL has ever seen, and by some margin. [TSN]
  • Red Fisher, who covered the Canadiens across five decades, passed away yesterday at 91. [Montreal Gazette | Sportsnet]
  • His second goal of the game ended up being the winner, and that’s been a common occurrence for Max Pacioretty this decade:
  • When comparing last year’s five-on-five numbers to this season, Karl Alzner is near the top of the list in his improvement of his relative possession stats. [TSN]
  • Old habits die hard:
  • Will Bitten has been on a tear of late, and that has helped him reach the milestone of 200 CHL points. [Hamilton Bulldogs]
  • Elliotte Freidman discussed the Canadiens players he believes will be in play at the deadline, and those who are untouchable, like Victor Mete. [Sportnet (Audio)]
  • A mid-season ranking of the prospects in the Habs system. [The Athletic]

Around the league and elsewhere

  • Kevin Shattenkirk will undergo knee surgery, and is out indefinitely as a result. [Blueshirt Banter]
  • Examining the Sami Vatanen-Adam Henrique trade 20 games later. [All About the Jersey]
  • Slovakia and Slovenia unveiled their Olympic rosters yesterday. [SVK | SLO]
  • They won’t be making eye contact in a month’s time, but before the Olympics begin Marie-Philip Poulin and Hilary Knight teamed up for some accuracy shooting: