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Saturday Habs Headlines: Jonathan Drouin is improving as a centre, but there’s still a long way to go

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In today’s links, breaking down Drouin’s performance this season, Molson speaks about Bergevin and the rest of the personnel, questions about the priorities of the medical staff, and more.

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Montreal Canadiens news and notes

  • There are some improvements, but still several areas Jonathan Drouin will need to see significant improvement in if he is to become a reliable centre option. [RDS | Google Translate]
  • If you missed it yesterday, Geoff Molson talked about the poor season from his team, indicating that all facets of the organization will be evaluated in the off-season. [EOTP]
  • Carey Price isn’t giving up on a return to the ice before the end of the season just yet. [Sportsnet]
  • Alex Galchenyuk is feeling more like himself now that he’s confident in the health of his knee. He stated that he re-injured it last year by coming back before it was healed. [Montreal Gazette]
  • His situation is one of several cases that raise some concerns about the approach of the Canadiens’ medical team. [Montreal Gazette]
  • Steve Begin served as the Canadiens’ representative as the team welcomed Belgium’s King Philippe and Queen Mathilde to Montreal. [Canadiens]
  • Begin has been doing a lot of work with the alumni in his retirement, among other things. [EOTP]
  • An alumni game in Sarnia rasied tousands of dollars for the Derek Bauer Foundation for Suicide Prevention. [Sarnia This Week]
  • Jeff Petry takes you on a tour of his Montreal home. [Canadiens.com]
  • Hilary Knight speaks about growing the women’s game and her decision to rejoin the CWHL after claiming gold in PyeongChang. [Sporting News]
  • After a loss in the first game of a best-of-three semifinal series, the Les Canadiennes player is focused on just one thing:

Around the league and elsewhere

  • The chance to compete for a Stanley Cup is something Ilya Kovalchuk is not willing to pass on, intent on resuming his career in the NHL in search of a championship. [TSN]
  • Not a single NHL coach has been fired that season. But teams may just be waiting until the end of the year to change their personnel behind the bench. [TSN]
  • The individual NHL Awards ballots from members of the Professional Hockey Writers Association will be released to the public after the event. [PHWA]
  • The life story of Václav Nedomanský, one of the best — and most courageous — players from the former Czechoslovakia, is being told in a movie. You can see the trailer here: