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Friday Habs Headlines: Joel Armia blossoming for the Canadiens

In today’s links, Armia is turning into a real surprise for the team, the Canadiens visit the Montreal Children’s Hospital, and Team Canada begins to take shape for the World Junior Championship.

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Montreal Canadiens news and notes

  • Joel Armia is blossoming for the Habs. [Hockey Inside/Out]
  • Keith Kinkaid hopes that hard work will lead him back to the NHL. [Montreal Gazette]
  • “It kind of hits a different note with you when you see kids here that aren’t much older than my [six-month-old] daughter.” Ben Chiarot and teammates visit Montreal Children’s Hospital. [Montreal Canadiens]
  • Cayden Primeau won’t forget his first NHL win.
  • The rituals in place for selecting a starting goaltender punctuated Primeau’s rite of passage on Wednesday night. [The Athletic]
  • Primeau has already cemented his place as Carey Price’s backup. [TVA]
  • Everything is going well for Lyle Odelein after a blood infection almost killed the former Canadiens defender a year-and-a-half ago. [Montreal Canadiens]

Around the league and elsewhere

  • Canada made nine cuts to its World Juniors team. [TSN]
  • The OHL game between the Niagara IceDogs and the London Knights was cancelled after Niagara netminder Tucker Tynan suffered a severe skate cut to his leg at the start of the second period. [Sportsnet]
  • Debating the pros and cons of the mid-season coaching change. [The Athletic]
  • Tim Thomas details the brain damage that he suffered from hockey. [ProHockeyTalk]
  • Corey Pronman re-evaluates his rankings of the 2017 NHL Entry Draft. [The Athletic]
  • Zach Bogosian has demanded a trade from the Buffalo Sabres. [ProHockeyTalk]
  • Should NHL coaches revisit the idea of never starting the same goalie in a back-to-back situation? [The Athletic]
  • Jason Spezza opens up about his fresh start under new head coach Sheldon Keefe. [Sportsnet]