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Saturday Habs Headlines: Tomas Plekanec wants to come home

Plekanec’s off-season hopes, the Habs’ perennial problems at centre, and previewing the Stanley Cup Final, free agency, and trade season.

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Montreal Canadiens news and notes

  • Tomas Plekanec says he wants to come home for one more season. [NHL | Montreal Gazette]
  • Catch up with Habs’ prospect Will Bitten. [Canadiens]
  • The Canadiens are always trying to address their problem down the middle. Here are a couple ways they could improve at centre. [The Athletic]
  • Some of the greats of women’s hockey (and of Les Canadiennes) celebrated Caroline Ouellette’s birthday at their hockey camp. [Twitter]
  • Guy Carbonneau was the last captain to hoist the Cup with the Habs. Stu Cowan takes a look back at his career. [Montreal Gazette]

Around the league and elsewhere

  • It’s been 25 years, and Gary Bettman is still going strong. [AP News]
  • The Vancouver Canucks ink Elias Pettersson to a three-year, entry-level contract. [TSN]
  • The Washington Capitals emphatically stole the Lightning’s scoring thunder in the final games of the series. Here’s a closer look at how they did it. [TSN]
  • Alex Ovechkin has gotten the lion’s share of praise for his playoff performance this year, but Braden Holtby is no less deserving of recognition. [Yahoo Sports]
  • TSN chronicles the Vegas Golden Knights’ Cinderella season. [TSN]
  • Previewing the Knights/Capitals Stanley Cup Final [Sportsnet | NBC Sports | NHL | The Hockey News]
  • There can be only one winner of the Cup every season, but who were some of the best losers at the end of the road? [ESPN]
  • So THAT’s what Patrik Laine looks like without that beard! We’d forgotten. [Twitter]
  • Following his hiring by USA Hockey, John Vanbiesbrouck apologizes for his use of a racial slur directed at Trevor Daley earlier in his career. [Craig Custance]
  • We’re into the final round of the playoffs, which means trade season is rapidly approaching. Here are some top names who may find themselves in new jerseys in October. [Sportsnet]
  • John Tavares has been at the centre of the most free-agent speculations and rumors for months now, but there is a definite possibility that he could re-sign in New York. [Sportsnet]
  • Scott Hartnell wants to keep playing. [NHL]
  • Auston Matthews may not necessarily be the shoo-in captain for the Leafs that he seems. [NHL]
  • The Toronto Marlies advance to the Calder Cup Final. [CBC]
  • Justin Trudeau invites the Markham Thunder to the Capital, marking the first time that a CWHL team has been invited to meet the prime minister after winning the Clarkson Cup. [CBC]
  • The story of an ECHL EBUG. [The Athletic].
  • Humboldt Broncos’ coach/GM Darcy Haugan has been nominated fro the NHL Willie O’Ree Community Hero Award. [Twitter]