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Sunday Habs Headlines: Marc Bergevin and Joël Bouchard recall funny memories

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In today’s links, Bergevin and Bouchard tell quite the stories, the importance of an AHL GM, and Marian Hossa’s sudden retirement.

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Joel Bouchard #39... Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images/NHLI

Montreal Canadiens news and notes

  • Marc Bergevin and Joël Bouchard are not strangers. Both men were briefly teammates on the Pittsburgh Penguins, and have fond memories of the time they spent together on that squad. [Montreal Gazette]
  • Considering Montreal’s AHL affiliates’ struggles over the last couple of years, it may be in Bergevin’s best interest to hire a general manager specifically for the Laval Rocket. [The Athletic]
  • Jacob de la Rose will compete for a gold medal, as Team Sweden moves on to the IIHF Worlds championship game. [Montreal Gazette | NHL.com]
  • Pierre Lebrun speculates that had Claude Julien not been interested in coaching the Canadiens, Marc Bergevin may have pursued Gerard Gallant. [TSN 690]
  • Pierre McGuire believes that Montreal got the short end of a certain trade with Tampa Bay. [TSN 690]
  • Former Canadien Red Berenson is auctioning off some of his most iconic hockey items. [Detroit Free Press]

Around the league and elsewhere

  • Chicago Blackhawks winger Marian Hossa will finally hang up his skates, owing to a debilitating skin disorder. [Second City Hockey]
  • Washington Capitals fans find themselves in a familiar spot. Their team blew a 2-0 series lead and now trail 3-2, as the Tampa Bay Lightning get within one win of moving on to the Stanley Cup Final. [TSN]
  • The Winnipeg Jets are eager to dispel any misconceptions about the city they fondly call home. [New York Times]
  • Questions still remain regarding whether New York Rangers forward Mika Zibanejad is a legitimate number-one centre for the team. [The Hockey Writers]
  • Small market CHL teams are proving that they can go toe-to-toe with their bigger market foes. [Sportsnet]
  • Which one of these hockey players do you think deserves to be known as one of the best to ever play the game? My vote goes to arguably the greatest goalie of all-time, Dominik Hasek. [IIHF]
  • The Las Vegas Golden Knights got the last laugh: