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Saturday Habs Headlines: Season-ending surgery for Shea Weber may be cause for concern for Canadiens fans

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In today’s links, uncertainty about Weber, optimism for Alx Galchenyuk, a tough decision ahead for Ales Hemsky, and more.

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Montreal Canadiens news and notes

  • Already in the latter half of his career, how concerning should the season-ending injury and subsequent surgery for Shea Weber be to Canadiens fans? [Montreal Gazette]
  • Alex Galchenyuk is not far off from matching his career high in what has been regarded as a disappointing season. Now healthy and a key contributor on a nightly basis, perhaps reaching his lofty expectations is on tap for next season. [The Hockey Writers]
  • Still feeling the effects of post-concussion syndrome, Ales Hemsky is wondering if he will be able to play hockey again. [La Presse]
  • Arizona State University forward Dylan Hollman recalls the mini-sticks games with his cousin, Brendan Gallagher, during the holidays, and their meetings now that Gallagher has become a star in the NHL. [Pinal Central]
  • If you missed the news yesterday, Kerby Rychel has been recalled from the Laval Rocket. [EOTP]
  • There’s a correlation between watching hockey games and suffering heart attacks the next day, and the effect is greater after a fan’s team wins. [MedicalResearch.com]

Around the league and elsewhere

  • After several post-season disappointments, not many are expecting much from the Metropolitan Division-leading Washington Captials. And that’s just fine with them. [The Washington Post]
  • It may seem like the least of a goaltender’s worries, but many netminders focus a lot of their practice on positioning for bad-angle shot opportunities. [NHL.com]
  • The Columbus Blue Jackets signed Markus Nutivaara to a four-year contract extension. [The Cannon]