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Friday Habs Headlines: Bienvenue, Joël Bouchard!

In today’s links, the Laval Rocket welcome a new head coach, two members of the Habs prepare for new family additions, thoughts on a Ryan O’Reilly trade, and Quebec City’s prospects of acquiring an NHL franchise.

Shanna Martin

Montreal Canadiens news and notes

  • The hiring of Joël Bouchard may mean bigger things for the ex-Blainville-Boisbriand Armada head coach with the Montreal Canadiens. [Sportsnet]
  • The cameras were waiting for the arrival of the new Laval Rocket bench boss at Place Bell. [Laval Rocket]
  • Geoff Molson says that player development will be a pillar of his plan for the franchise moving forward. [Montreal Gazette]
  • The Habs may not stack up top to bottom against any of the final four teams, but they have specific areas where they can match up against the league’s elite. [The Hockey Writers]
  • Jacob de la Rose talks about his role on Team Sweden. [HockeyPuls (Swedish)]
  • Bob McKenzie talks Ryan O’Reilly and potential interest from the Canadiens in a new episode of the Bobcast. [TSN Hockey (Audio)]
  • A new park will be named after Habs legend Dickie Moore in his old Parc-Extension neighbourhood. [La Presse]
  • Andrew Shaw may miss the start of the 2018-19 regular season, but he will be ready for fatherhood. [Montreal Gazette]
  • The Deslauriers household is going to be getting bigger! [Nicolas Deslauriers]

Around the league and elsewhere

  • Through three games, the Washington Capitals had surprisingly outplayed the Tampa Bay Lightning at even strength. [TSN]
  • After being blamed for the Game 3 loss, these Washington Capitals fans offered up their broom, signed by Nicklas Backstrom, as an offering to the hockey gods. [Washington Post]
  • Why have road teams been winning more in this year’s playoffs? [ESPN]
  • Kaleb Dahlgren wants to play hockey again after surviving the Humboldt Broncos’ bus crash. [ESPN]
  • Jeremy Jacobs describes Quebec City as a “challenged” market for the NHL. [Sportsnet]
  • Pierre-Karl Peladeau admits that there’s work to be done concerning any return of the NHL to Quebec City. [Radio-Canada]
  • Unfortunately for goalies everywhere, Patrik Laine didn’t stick with the position. [Sami Hoffren]