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Tuesday Habs Headlines: Rinat Valiev had requested a trade from the Toronto Maple Leafs

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In today’s links, a defenceman gets set to play his first game as a Canadien, while the captain may have played his last.

Montreal Canadiens v Toronto Maple Leafs Photo by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images

Montreal Canadiens news and notes

  • Rinat Valiev asked for a trade from the Toronto Maple Leafs, hoping to be given a better shot elsewhere:
  • The Russian defenceman is looking forward to dressing for his first game as a Canadien, whenever that may be. [Canadiens.com]
  • If you missed the news yesterday, Max Pacioretty and Victor Mete will be out of the lineup long-term. [EOTP]
  • Does that mean fans have seen Pacioretty’s final game in a Habs sweater? [Sportsnet]
  • Antti Niemi is also dealing with an injury, and that has led to the recall of Zachary Fucale. [EOTP]
  • Ales Hemsky and Jordie Benn have a fireside conversation, with Benn’s beard a hot topic. [YouTube]
  • As Les Canadiennes get ready for their final home series of the regular season, their annual drive to raise money for breast cancer research goes into full swing with their Pink in the Rink event. [Les Canadiennes]

Around the league and elsewhere

  • The New York Rangers had a roster built to contend for the Stanley Cup, but without gaining the top prize, it was time for a shakeup. [Blueshirt Banter]
  • Jay Bouwmeester’s season is done after he sustained a hip injury. [TSN]
  • Outdoor games may not be as novel a concept as they once were, but players and local fans still eagerly anticipate them. [Global News]
  • After claiming the state championship. the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School boys hockey team got in a practice at the Florida Panthers’ arena before playing for a national title. [WSVN]