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Thursday Habs Headlines: Montreal could be the top choice for John Tavares

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Here are your daily links, including the possibility of John Tavares signing in Montreal, Paul Byron’s underrated season, iron man streaks, and more.

NHL: Montreal Canadiens at New York Islanders Dennis Schneidler-USA TODAY Sports

Montreal Canadiens news and notes

  • Gord Miller believes that John Tavares is most likely to choose Montreal if he opts to leave the Islanders. [TSN 690]
  • Habs’ prospect Will Bitten is facing off against his brother Sam in the opening round of the OHL playoffs. [CBC]
  • After he spent this season making an impact all over the lineup, Paul Byron’s value should not be discounted. [Montreal Gazette]
  • Having wrapped up his last junior season as captain of the Saint John Sea Dogs, Bailey Webster just signed an AHL contract with the Laval Rocket. [The Journal Pioneer]

Around the league and elsewhere

  • Teams continue to get officially knocked out of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, including the Canadiens and the Blackhawks, but Stan Bowman has said he believes the ‘Hawks have another couple of Cup runs in them. [31 Thoughts]
  • As the NHL game has evolved to be a little easier on players’ bodies, more players are hitting “iron man” milestones, including Patrick Marleau and Keith Yandle, who met last night in Toronto. [ESPN]
  • Kyle Connor’s shooting ability has helped the Jets clinch a playoff spot already, and it puts him in a class with the league’s top forwards. [Sportsnet]
  • A photo shared by a breastfeeding mother in the locker room is going viral, and she hopes her example will help normalize the practice in public areas. [The Hamilton Spectator]
  • Who says OHL production can’t be an indicator of a player’s big league ability?