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Wednesday Habs Headlines: Filling in for the captain

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In today’s links, looking at who will step up in Pacioretty’s absence, Valiev makes his debut for the Habs, and Plekanec adjusts to the Blue and White.

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Montreal Canadiens news and notes

  • Who will step up and fill the leadership void in Max Pacioretty’s absence? [Canadiens.com]
  • Antti Niemi is your Molson Cup winner for the month of February. [Canadiens.com]
  • Jose Theodore thinks that the image of the Canadiens has rarely been this bad. [Journal de Montreal]
  • Carey Price will rejoin the Habs when he’s healthy, regardless of the standings. [The Athletic]
  • With the captain’s knee injury, have we seen the last of Max Pacioretty in the bleu-blanc-et-rouge? [Journal de Montreal]
  • From an ex-member of the Habs organization to a current one, Tim Bozon wished Rinat Valiev luck before his debut for the Tricolore. [Tim Bozon]

Around the league and elsewhere:

  • Does your team have to be playoff-bound for you to be an Hart Trophy candidate? [TSN (Video)]
  • Brady Tkachuk watched the Habs practice at Boston University, wondering if he was watching one of the teams that might draft him this summer. [The Athletic]
  • Brock Boeser’s season is over after a soft-tissue injury suffered Monday night. [TSN]
  • Pierre McGuire is the newest addition to the Hockey Hall of Fame Selection Committee, replacing the outgoing Scotty Bowman. [TSN]
  • Daniel Briere talks about starting an ECHL team and choosing Philadelphia over Montreal in 2007. [The Athletic]
  • Tomas Plekanec says he “can’t erase 15 years just over a day or two” as he adjusts to Toronto. [Sportsnet]
  • As he prepares to undoubtedly be inducted into the HHoF in 2018, Martin Brodeur is proud of his roots. [Journal de Montreal]
  • Patrik Laine talks about striving to match and exceed his idol, Alex Ovechkin. [ESPN]
  • After 16 professional seasons, Jonathan Cheechoo has announced his retirement. [TSN]
  • Two generations of Emiratis are linked by a passion for hockey, as the UAE looks to further develop its hockey program. [IIHF]
  • Shayne Gostisbehere met with the Florida state champions Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School hockey team after the Flyers played the Panthers. [Philadelphia Flyers]