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Sunday Habs Headlines: Are the Montreal Canadiens playoff contenders?

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In today’s links, how good are the Montreal Canadiens? Don Cherry thinks Weber may be the best defenceman in the NHL, and Tomas Plekanec still has plenty of love for his former team.

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Montreal Canadiens news and notes

  • How do the Montreal Canadiens stack up against fellow playoff contenders? [TSN 690]
  • The Canadiens have no complaints about their schedule this season. [Le Devoir]
  • Coach Claude Julien expects more from Charles Hudon. [TVA Sports]
  • Kenny Agostino made a bunch of new friends during the Canadiens’ annual visit to the Montreal Children’s Hospital. [NHL]
  • Don Cherry believes Shea Weber should be nominated for the Norris Trophy. [Sportsnet]
  • The turtleneck assassin strikes again:
  • Christmas came early:
  • This is how Andrew Shaw ends up on the fourth line:

Around the league and elsewhere

  • Kristian Vesalainen will not being joining Team Finland at the World Junior Championships. [Arctic Ice Hockey]
  • Western Canadian teams need to focus on addressing these holes. [Sportsnet]
  • The Buffalo Sabres have suspended forward Patrik Berglund. [Die By The Blade]
  • Josh Leivo is fitting right in with his new team by making an immediate impact. [TSN]
  • Coach Todd Hickling is doing his part to make hockey more accessible. [CBC]
  • Congratulations are in order for Team Slovenia: