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Saturday Habs Headlines: Surprises at all three positions have the Canadiens beating expectations

In today’s links, the new Tomas is thriving, the old Tomas is ailing, not even babysitting can wipe the smile of Kotkaniemi’s face, and urging patience with disappointing teams.

NHL: Los Angeles Kings at Montreal Canadiens Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sports

Montreal Canadiens news and notes

  • The Canadiens are looking good, and players at all three positions are responsible for the turnaround. [CBC]
  • One of those players, Carey Price, is just about to tie Patrick Roy on the franchise wins list. He thinks that’s “pretty cool.” [Montreal Gazette]
  • There’s no hotter Canadiens player than Tomas Tatar through six games. [Montreal Gazette]
  • Tomas Plekanec could be out several weeks with a back injury. [Sportsnet]
  • The Canadiens players were pampered by Jesperi Kotkaniemi:
  • His mother beams with pride when discussing the player — and person — Kotkaniemi has become. [Canadiens.com]
  • Ryan Poehling scored his first goal of the NCAA season. I’m sure you’ll be reading more about his performance next week:
  • Scott Walford is happy to be back playing, and looking forward to the Canada-Russia series later this season. [Times-Colonist]
  • You can see some pretty incredible hockey players take to the ice on November 30:

Around the league and elsewhere

  • Is our 2014 mock draft selection, David Pastrnak, becoming the next Jaromir Jagr? [NHL.com]
  • The IIHF has rescinded the suspensions of Sweden’s Under-20 coaching staff that were doled out after they removed their silver medals last year. All the players disciplined will still remain suspended. [IIHF]
  • Patrik Laine has reduced his consumption of sweets, but he’s not giving them up entirely. That and more of his thoughts in his early-season journal. [NHL.com]
  • The Philadelphia Flyers haven’t been good this year. What is going on in Pennsylvania? [Broad Street Hockey]
  • Kevin Shattenkirk is off to a slow start, but there’s no reason to think he won’t get going. [Blueshirt Banter]
  • Alex Tuch has signed a seven-year contract with the Vegas Golden Knights. [Knights On Ice]
  • Jordin Tootoo has retired from the NHL. [TSN]