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Wednesday Habs Headlines: Marc Bergevin stuck with his long-term philosophy at the deadline

In today’s links, Stu Cowan argues why you shouldn’t call Marc Bergevin an idiot, continued reaction from the Canadiens’ deadline inactivity, and John Tavares prepares to return to Long Island.

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Montreal Canadiens news and notes

  • You might call him one, but Marc Bergevin is not an idiot, says Stu Cowan. [Montreal Gazette]
  • J.-C. Lajoie accused the Canadiens general manager of not trusting the team he built when he failed to acquire a helping hand for the existing roster. [Journal de Montreal]
  • Looking at the pros and cons of the Canadiens’ inactivity at the deadline. [The Athletic]
  • The loss on Monday night to a depleted New Jersey Devils team should have served as a wake-up call for the Habs. [The Athletic]
  • Tomas Plekanec weighed in with his thoughts on the flurry of activity.
  • Claude Julien appears to be getting tired of fielding questions about the Canadiens “power” play. [Montreal Gazette]
  • Will the Habs ever adopt an official third jersey? [Journal de Montreal]
  • Victor Mete and sister Julia share a special bond. [Montreal Canadiens]
  • Could Jordan Weal be more than a fourth liner? [The Athletic]
  • A lack of goals is no problem for unselfish Ryan Poehling. [EP Rinkside]
  • The Habs are one of several teams with ten draft picks in the 2019 NHL Entry Draft. [Sportsnet]
  • Laval Rocket assistant coach Alex Burrows reminisces with former teammate Kevin Bieksa.
  • The Rocket stopped by a local elementary school on Tuesday for a read and greet.

Around the league and elsewhere

  • The Ottawa Senators needed a rebuild, but not on the ice. [Silver Seven]
  • Pierre Dorion is preaching trust and patience to a suspicious fan base. [TSN]
  • Jim Rutherford’s deadline dealings are making the Pittsburgh Penguins look directionless. [ProHockeyTalk]
  • Georges Laraque is not surprised regarding the incident in a recent LNAH game where a black player was targeted by racist chants and videos from fans. [La Presse]
  • John Tavares tells New York Islanders fans that he “gave it everything he had” as he prepares to return to Long Island for the first time since signing with the Toronto Maple Leafs. [TSN]
  • Marcus Johansson is trying to move on from 2017-18, when new teammate Brad Marchand ended his season with an elbow to the head. [ProHockeyTalk]
  • Goalie, a film about the career of Terry Sawchuk, will debut in Toronto and Vancouver theatres on March 1. [CTV]
  • The ProHockeyTalk Power Rankings: post-deadline edition. [ProHockeyTalk]
  • Sportsnet’s Caroline Cameron will host the 2019 CWHL Awards. [CWHL]