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Saturday Habs Headlines: The 2017-18 season has been bad, but hasn’t been a complete loss

In today’s links, looking at the positives from an abysmal year, Danault back on the ice, Super Bowl predictions, a goalie’s take on goaltender interference, and more.

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Montreal Canadiens news and notes

  • The 2017-18 season won’t see a playoff appearance from the Habs, but there were still some important developments for the team’s future. [The Hockey Writers]
  • Phillip Danault was able to take to the ice yesterday, doing some light exercises under the observation of a member of the medial staff. [La Presse]
  • Bob McKenzie spoke about what ails the Habs, mentioning the biggest issue is the lack of playmaking centres. [TSN690]
  • Carey Price doesn’t know what the league’s standard of goaltender interference is either. He just assumes there is a goal crease for a reason. [The Star]
  • Brendan Gallagher, noted Cincinnati Bengals fan, is picking the New England Patriots to win the Super Bowl. The choice was the same for several other members of the team. [TVA Sports]
  • In case you missed it, Nikita Scherbak was recalled from the AHL. [EOTP]
  • Les Canadiennes have added goalie coach Nicolas Champagne to the staff. [CWHL]
  • Brazilian-born clinical psychiatrist Dr. Luciano Minuzzi has developed two passions since moving to Canada: the ability to help people with his studies of psychiatric disorders, and the Montreal Canadiens. [Hamilton Spectator]
  • Scott Wheeler finds out what it’s like to be a player in the ECHL with a full immersion into the experience of a Brampton Beast player. [The Athletic]

Around the league and elsewhere

  • With John Tavares potentially being available in the off-season, teams may be limiting their deadline acquisitions to rental players on expiring contracts to keep their salary cap options open in hopes of becoming the eventual destination for the elite centreman. [TSN]
  • A few notes on the Islanders’, Rangers’, Flyers’, Canucks’, and Red Wings’ approaches to the trade deadline. [NHL.com]
  • Canada will have more of a small-town representation at the Olympics, with Chris Lee’s community of MacTier getting put on the map. [ParrySound.com]
  • After turning to hockey to help cope with a domestic violence incident, recent events have highlighted for one San Jose Sharks fan that hockey isn’t really for everyone. [Fear The Fin]