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Thursday Habs Headlines: Phillip Danault is a critical part of the Canadiens

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Here are your daily links, including the incredible play of Danault, famous fans, Galchenyuk’s return to Montreal, and more.

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Montreal Canadiens news and notes

  • Phillip Danault’s impressive play as a shutdown centre has him as one of the most critical pieces for Montreal this season. [Montreal Gazette]
  • The Canadiens showed their support for Luke Richardson’s family and worked to raise awareness around mental health on Wednesday night. [Canadiens]
  • Habs prospect Jesse Ylönen scored his ninth goal of the Liiga season:
  • Turns out, Donovan Mitchell of the NBA’s Utah Jazz is a huge hockey fan (with great taste in jerseys). [Canadiens]
  • Alex Galchenyuk’s return to Montreal may not have been exactly what he hoped for, but he is enjoying his fresh start with the Coyotes. [The Athletic]
  • Even though his hockey game is benefiting from a change of scenery, Galchenyuk admitted he has fond memories from his time with the Habs. [TSN (Video)]

Around the league and elsewhere

  • Women’s hockey may be trending in the right direction, but as NWHL defenceman Alyssa Gagliardi points out, there is still a long road ahead. [Wisconsin Prep Hockey]
  • Sometimes it looks like a player has an amazing season just before he’s due for a new contract, but maybe it’s not just optics. [Winging it in Motown]
  • Pavel Datsyuk hasn’t ruled out a potential return to the NHL. [NHL]
  • Smaller playmakers like Mitch Marner may not have had the confidence of GMs in the past, but numbers don’t lie...and they just might predict the future. [The Walrus]
  • Don’t feel bad if you can’t tell the difference between the NHL and the WWE. [The Athletic]
  • The 2019 NHL draft class sure is a fun one!