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Wednesday Habs Headlines: Canadiens headed for logjam at centre

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In today’s links, Ryan Poehling prepares for his second run at World Juniors glory, and will soon become one of many centres in the Habs organization, and Alex Ovechkin is showing no signs of slowing down with age.

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Montreal Canadiens news and notes

  • Max Domi is one of this year’s most surprising players so far. [ESPN]
  • Shea Weber’s return is making an immediate impact on the Habs. [TSN (Video)]
  • Bob Cole’s final Hockey Night in Canada game will feature the Habs and the Toronto Maple Leafs. [Sportsnet]
  • This year’s World Juniors will be Ryan Poehling’s second go-around at the top U20 national competition in the world. [La Presse]
  • Poehling is a part of a pleasant problem for the Canadiens: a logjam at centre. [La Presse]
  • Lukas Vejdemo is embracing the attention he’s receiving from the Laval Rocket coaching staff. [The Athletic]
  • Les Canadiennes are in China for a three-game series against the Shenzhen KRS Vanke Rays. [RDS]
  • Looking back at Mats Naslund’s 1985-86, a season for the ages. [The Hockey Writers]
  • For fantasy hockey players out there, Tomas Tatar and Jeff Petry make the list of this week’s best waiver wire adds. [ESPN]
  • The Laval Rocket are helping out at the Volunteer Centre and Harvest Laval this holiday season.

Around the league and elsewhere

  • Alex Ovechkin is The Athletic NHL’s man of the year for 2018. [The Athletic]
  • The ‘old man’ is still learning new tricks as he continues to light the lamp. [ESPN]
  • A coaching change hasn’t produced results, so where do the St. Louis Blues go from here? [ProHockeyTalk]
  • Ray Ferraro says that expectations on William Nylander were way overblown. [TSN (Audio)]
  • The NHL will experiment with pucks with colour-shifting backs to limit the use of non-frozen pucks in game. [TSN]