clock menu more-arrow no yes

Filed under:

Friday Habs Headlines: Is the C more of a burden than a boon?

New, comments

In today’s links, what is the value of being Canadiens’ captain? The Habs are using the tail end of this season to prep for the next, and Bettman beams about an NHL-less Olympics.

New York Rangers v Montreal Canadiens Photo by Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images

Montreal Canadiens news and notes

  • The C used to be an honour. Now it’s a target. [Journal de Montreal | Google Translate]
  • Darren Dreger explains why the Canadiens have kept Jonathan Drouin at centre despite it being a “disaster.” [TSN 690]
  • Looking ahead to next season, Marc Bergevin must win now. [RDS]
  • Heading into the stretch, this is Drouin’s time to grow. [The Athletic]
  • With Carey Price out, should the Habs go with Antti Niemi or Charlie Lindgren down the stretch? [TSN 690]
  • Joni Ikonen showed off his playmaking prowess in notching three assists in KalPa Kuopio’s 4-2 win over Lahti Pelicans. [Patrik Bexell]
  • If you missed it, we published an analysis of Ikonen’s season yesterday. [EOTP]
  • The Canadiens appear to be in good shape for the upcoming draft. [Sean Tierney]
  • Les Canadiennes forward Ann-Sophie Bettez is showing off her other passion on the team’s road trip in China. [Lore Baudrit]

Around the league and elsewhere

  • According to Pierre LeBrun, stars like John Tavares don’t go to market often. [TSN 690]
  • Canucks draft pick Elias Petterson has eclipsed Peter Forsberg to move into second for most points in the SHL by a junior player. Next up: Kent Nilsson. [Sportsnet]
  • The Arizona Coyotes have signed undrafted forward Brayden Burke, who is currently enjoying a 112-point season in 59 games with the Moose Jaw Warriors of the WHL. []
  • Undrafted QMJHL points leader (104 points through 57 games) Alex Barré-Boulet has signed with the Tampa Bay Lightning. [Sportsnet]
  • He had hoped he could sign on with the Canadiens, but is very happy to be joining the Lightning:
  • Seattle hockey fans have scooped up the 25,000 available season-ticket deposits within half an hour, as the city continues to pursue an NHL expansion team. [TSN]
  • Alexander Ovechkin’s gap-toothed smile helped a 17-year-old girl get through a difficult period in her life. [Russian Machine Never Breaks]
  • Players from the NHL and junior leagues are now seeking brain scans without team involvement. [TSN]
  • Gary Bettman is very comfortable with the decision not to send NHLers to the Winter Olympics. [TSN]
  • Eugene Melnyk has penned an emotional letter to Ottawa Senators fans. [TSN (Video)]
  • Roberto Luongo remembers where he was for Sidney Crosby’s golden goal eight years ago. Do you? [Twitter]