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Friday Habs Headlines: Mikey Reilly a two-way standout so far

In today’s links, Reilly has been exceptional for the Canadiens this year, Romanov continues his development with CSKA Moscow, and the stigma around mental illness is starting to lessen.

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NHL: Montreal Canadiens at Pittsburgh Penguins Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Montreal Canadiens news and notes:

  • Mikey Reilly has been a two-way standout on the Habs’ blue line so far. [Montreal Gazette]
  • Alexander Romanov is confident in his future development. [KHL - English]
  • Bob McKenzie thinks that the Habs could move one of their surplus forwards. [TSN]
  • Patrick Roy would have liked to be at the Bell Centre with the rest of his 1993 Habs teammates, but the Quebec Remparts had a game to play at the same time. [Journal de Montreal]
  • “Your dream should be to play for the Canadiens,” says Joël Bouchard of his Laval Rocket charges. [Journal de Montreal]
  • The 1993 team was one inspired by Jacques Demers. [Journal de Montreal]
  • From Poehling and Price: why Marc Bergevin must straddle the line between the present and the future. [The Athletic]
  • Shea Weber took to the ice for the first time this season at Thursday’s practice.
  • Claude Julien was insistent that this had no impact on Weber’s recovery timeline for good or for ill.
  • Four members of Les Canadiennes have been named to Canada’s Four Nations Cup roster.

Around the league and elsewhere

  • As more and more NHLers are speaking up about mental illness, the stigma around mental health is being smashed around the league. [The Athletic]
  • The Ice Garden sits down with a player from each CWHL team as part of their season preview. [The Ice Garden]
  • Rinks to Reefs: how broken hockey sticks are now serving as oyster breeding grounds. [USA Hockey Magazine]
  • Kasperi Kapanen is taking advantage of the absence of his best friend, William Nylander. [Sportsnet]
  • The Vancouver Canucks will retire the numbers of Henrik and Daniel Sedin next season. [Sportsnet]
  • Down Goes Brown takes a scientific look at who the best GM of all time is. [The Athletic]
  • On National Coming Out Day, Katie Barnes reflects on how the sports world has changed in the decade since she came out. [ESPNW]
  • The New York Islanders and the LGBT Network have announced an anti-bullying partnership in Long Island and New York City schools. [New York Islanders]
  • Max Pacioretty and Paul Stastny are carrying on the “Golden Misfits” persona. [ESPN]
  • Austin Watson has had his 27 game suspension reduced on appeal to 18 games by an independent arbitrator.