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

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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.

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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. [NHL.com]
  • 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]