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Friday Habs Headlines: Victor Mete is a more confident player since his return

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In today’s links, looking at bright spots for the Habs this season, what should the team do at the upcoming trade deadline, and the world gears up for Pyeongchang 2018.

NHL: Boston Bruins at Montreal Canadiens Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sports

Montreal Canadiens news and notes

  • Victor Mete is more confident in his second stint with the Habs this year. [Journal de Montreal]
  • If Nicolas Deslauriers keeps scoring, he might need to practise his goal celebrations a little more. [Montreal Gazette]
  • Craig Button says Marc Bergevin must take more risks. [RDS]
  • The Ottawa Senators and the Habs need fine-tooling, not fire sales. [The Athletic]
  • Jonathan Drouin has improved since the start of the season. [Journal de Montreal]
  • With the Habs sinking in the standings, ticket prices on the secondary market are following suit. [Montreal Gazette]
  • On his 22nd birthday, Lukas Vejdemo tallied twice, including a shorthanded marker, to help Djurgården defeat Rögle 6-2. [Patrik Bexell]

Around the league and elsewhere

  • Speed, pace, and agility are now king, as the days of heavy hockey are over. [TSN]
  • William Nylander spent the first period of Wednesday night’s game against the Chicago Blackhawks using Connor Brown’s sticks. [Sportsnet]
  • Ryan McDonagh and Jordan Kyrou are the newest names on TSN’s Top 30 Trade Bait players list. [TSN]
  • North America isn’t the only option for European prospects - just ask Dominik Bokk [Elite Prospects]
  • Is Slava Voynov considering an NHL return? [TSN]
  • Nikita Nesterov is officially an Olympian. [TSN]
  • Looking at the top 12 potential UFAs of 2018. [Sportsnet]
  • Members of the North and South Korean National Women’s Hockey Teams met today to form the unified squad which will compete at the 2018 Winter Olympics. [IIHF]
  • Vicky Sunohara is finally getting her due. [The Athletic]
  • 169 Russian athletes have been authorized by the IOC to compete at the 2018 Winter Olympics. [Journal de Montreal]
  • Exorbitant concession prices have always been not fan-friendly, but they may also not be business-friendly too. [Darren Rovell]