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Tavares likely to test free agency, playoff scoring (or lack thereof), the Stars’ new coach, World Championship news, and more

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Montreal Canadiens news and notes

  • John Tavares to Montreal? Well, maybe don't get too excited just yet, but Bob McKenzie did say that he believes Tavares won't return to the Islanders. [Twitter]
  • Jacob de la Rose and Markus Eisenschmid both played in World Championship games yesterday. [NHL.com]
  • If hockey hadn't worked out, Noah Juulsen would have followed his dad Neil into a career in public safety as either a firefighter (like his dad) or a cop. [Canadiens.com]
  • Did you miss the Habs’ May the 4th post? If you did, you should really go check it out. [Canadiens.com]
  • J.-J. Daigneault was sad to see his time with the Canadiens end, but he knew it was coming. [La Presse]
  • Check out some skills and drills with Emerance Maschmeyer of Les Canadiennes. [Youtube]
  • The Eastern Conference is likely to see some changes, and this year's draft lottery results are something of an indicator. [Buffalo News]
  • It's not exactly news anymore, but Alexandre Alain is having a great season. [TSN690]

Around the league and elsewhere

  • May the 4th isn't complete without Luke Skywalker voicing a Stanley Cup playoff spot!
  • On a more sober note, The Athletic takes a look at the life and work of Bill Torrey, the “architect of the Islanders dynasty". [The Athletic]
  • In addition to Tavares, James van Riemsdyk, John Carlson, Paul Stastny, Evander Kane and others are all unrestricted free agents come June. [The Hockey News]
  • McKenzie discusses the NHL draft lottery, Tom Wilson's hit, and other topics on the Bobcast. [TSN]
  • A look at the ‘misfit’ Vegas Golden Knights and their success through the eyes of the expansion Florida Panthers. [The Athletic]
  • Marc-Andre Fleury is one of the most integral parts of the Knights’ remarkable opening season, and his success (past and present) is all down to his mindset. [NHL]
  • While the Jets would like to see more scoring from Patrik Laine, Nikolaj Ehlers, and Kyle Connor, Jake Guentzel has been making a strong case for the Conn Smythe. [Jets | Gutentzel]
  • Playoff series are all about moves and countermoves. [Yahoo Sports]
  • For the Predators, change in the playoffs is nothing new. [Sportsnet]
  • Habs fans already know that P.K. Subban thrives in the spotlight. The bigger the game, the bigger the spotlight, the more important the goal, the better, and he almost always delivers. [NHL]
  • The Dallas Stars have hired Jim Montgomery out of the University of Denver. [Twitter]
  • Could more college coaches make the jump to the NHL? And who might they be? [NHL.com]
  • Canada fell to the USA in overtime at the World Championship. [CBC]
  • Equipment managers and athletic trainers are often unsung heroes, but Steve Mason paid them tribute on his goalie mask. [Sportsnet]
  • Meanwhile, Penguins’ equipment manager Dana Heinze goes the extra mile to make his team feel at home on the road. [Sportsnet]