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Thursday Habs Headlines: Brendan Gallagher’s career year defies expectations

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Here are your daily links, including a look at Gallagher’s stellar season, news from the GM meetings, and more.

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Montreal Canadiens news and notes

  • In the midst of team struggles, Brendan Gallagher is putting up career-high numbers. [Montreal Gazette]
  • Quite a few interesting items managed to make it into the Habs’ “favourite things” baskets this year.... [Canadiens]
  • Ray Ferraro is among those who have expressed surprise that Marc Bergevin is managing to stick around. [TSN 690]
  • Shea Weber’s impact on the team is sometimes intangible, but it’s there. [The Athletic]
  • That’s somebody’s dad on the TV!

Around the league and elsewhere

  • While a potential expansion draft for Seattle would follow the same rules as the Vegas draft, it appears the Golden Knights will be exempt from the process. [Sportsnet]
  • Goalie interference calls are about to look a little bit different, pending approval. [NHLPA]
  • The competition committee gave the change the go-ahead later last night. [NHLPA]
  • Members of MSD’s hockey team shared what it was like to win the state championship, and why it was important for them to play in honour of their classmates. [TSN (Video)]
  • Ron Francis’ time as Carolina’s general manager was not particularly noteworthy. [Canes Country]
  • As some teams are finally surging after years of heartache, the Chicago Blackhawks will officially miss the Stanley Cup playoffs for the first time in ten years. [Sportsnet]
  • Most media has been centered around potential rule changes, but Craig Custance took a look at some offseason priorities for NHL general managers following the spring meeting. [The Athletic]
  • The Oakland A’s are introducing a new program to allow fans to choose their ticket price on certain days, with proceeds going to the club’s community fund. What if an NHL team were to adopt a similar strategy? [Twitter]
  • American Olympian Monique Lamoreux-Morando is joining NHL Network as an analyst.