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Wednesday Habs Headlines: Nikita Scherbak could play out the season with the Canadiens

In today’s links, drawing comparisons between Scherbak and Pacioretty, Cayden Primeau’s stellar season, falling in love with Winnipeg, and more.

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Montreal Canadiens news and notes

  • If Nikita Scherbak continues to play as he has to start his current recall, it may be one that lasts until the end of the season, says Claude Julien. [Luc Gelinas]
  • Perhaps a relatively late bloomer after being a first-round pick in 2014, Scherbak’s slow but steady progression mirrors that of Max Pacioretty. The captain offered his thoughts on Scherbak’s current play. [Journal de Montreal]
  • Cayden Primeau has really made a name for himself in his freshman season. [The Hockey News]
  • JYP won this year’s Champions Hockey League title. Thanks to this goal from Montreal Canadiens property Joonas Nättinen, which stood as the game-winner:

Around the league and elsewhere

  • It’s hard to like the city of Winnipeg in the heart of winter, but for Patrik Laine, it’s a great place to call home. [The Players’ Tribune]
  • Before taking on his former team yesterday, Marc-Andre Fleury was presented with his Stanley Cup ring. [Pittsburgh Penguins]
  • Vancouver Canucks fans have at least had the play of Brock Boeser and Bo Horvat to get them through a tough season. Those poor results could become a thing of the past with those young stars being joined by other prospects rising through the system. [TSN]
  • The New York Rangers appear to be gearing up to sell at the trade deadline, but it appears that Henrik Lundqvist isn’t giving up on claiming a playoff berth just yet. [CBS Sports]
  • After a painfully slow recovery from a concussion, Amanda Kessel is now set to compete in the Olympics, and plan for a future after hockey. [ESPN]
  • Hayley Wickenheiser has committed to helping further the study of sports-related brain traumas: