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Friday Habs Headlines: Carey Price and Brendan Gallagher say no to the World Championship

In today’s links, two Habs turn down Team Canada while a third is waiting by the phone, Andrew Shaw’s season comes to an end, and NHL teams gear up for the playoffs.

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Montreal Canadiens news and notes

  • Carey Price and Brendan Gallagher will not suit up for Team Canada at the World Championships in Denmark. Jonathan Drouin will go if he gets the call. [TSN]
  • There’s nothing wrong with Price’s decision to skip the Worlds. [Sportsnet]
  • The Habs’ hopes for next year are resting on the ability of their star netminder to rebound. [Hockey Inside/Out (Youtube)]
  • Gallagher makes bad players good and good players better. [The Athletic]
  • Andrew Shaw’s season is over, and the winger may require surgery. [La Presse]
  • The Canadiens gathered for the annual team photo. [Montreal Canadiens]
  • The very first hockey game Toronto Blue Jays manager John Gibbons ever attended was a Habs game, courtesy of the late Rusty Staub. [Sportsnet]
  • Michael McNiven’s new helmet is a very realistic rendering of a toque. []
  • Former Hab blueliner Lyle Odelein is facing serious health issues. [Aaron Portzline]
  • Recent signing Hayden Verbeek features on a list of the top 10 signed undrafted free agents currently playing in the CHL. [Sportsnet]
  • Joni Ikonen’s season is over after KalPa Kuopio fell to Tappara Tampere in six games. Ikonen finished with one assist and a -1 rating over six games while averaging 14:30 in ice-time. [Patrik Bexell]
  • After 25 years, Donald Beauchamp has stepped down as the Vice-President of Communications for the Habs. [Renaud Lavoie]

Around the league and elsewhere

  • Mitch Marner is driving support for murdered GTHL goaltender Roy Pejcinovski. [Sportsnet]
  • Travis Yost looks at how much one can forecast any potential playoff matchup using regular season head-to-head results. [TSN]
  • The Blue Jays, along with other MLB teams, have been exposed as receiving a portion of StubHub ticket resale profits. [The Star]
  • With Jokerit Helsinki eliminated from the KHL playoffs, Eeli Tolvanen has officially joined the Nashville Predators. [Nashville Predators]
  • Are the Vegas Golden Knights starting to come back to the pack, just in time for the postseason? [The Hockey News]
  • As they sit on the verge of clinching a playoff spot, the Washington Capitals are not satisfied with regular season success. []
  • Henrik Borgstrom, Ryan Donato, and Adam Gaudette are the finalists for the Hobey Baker Award. []