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Wednesday Habs Headlines: Jesperi Kotkaniemi’s journey continues

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In today’s links, Kotkaniemi is embracing both the ups and downs of his rookie campaign, Phillip Danault is using fatherhood to help cope with the NHL season, and looking at the life of the NHL healthy scratch.

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Montreal Canadiens news and notes

  • Through the ups and downs, Jesperi Kotkaniemi’s rookie journey continues. [Montreal Gazette]
  • For Victor Mete, this recent rough spell shared by himself and partner Shea Weber is something to learn from. [La Presse]
  • Fatherhood is helping Phillip Danault deal with the NHL grind. [Montreal Gazette]
  • Danault also used his return to Montreal to correct the aftereffects of the nose injury suffered against the Anaheim Ducks. [Journal de Montreal]
  • Former Detroit Red Wing and current Hab Tomas Tatar reflects on the passing of Ted Lindsay. [Montreal Canadiens]
  • Antti Niemi would love to have a chance to redeem himself, while acknowledging that it is distinctly possible that Carey Price will start every game until the end of the season. [Journal de Montreal]
  • Five over-age QMJHL players that could be on the Habs’ radar. [Journal de Montreal]
  • It’s been 23 years now since the Canadiens left the Forum for their current confines. [CBC]
  • Called up on Monday, is this another audition for Charlie Lindgren? [RDS]
  • Connor LaCouvee is having the season of his life, two years after he considered giving up hockey altogether. [The Athletic]
  • Friday’s game between the Laval Rocket and Belleville Senators will be free to view on Facebook Live!

Around the league and elsewhere

  • It’s hard to believe that the Ottawa Senators Uber video incident was only in November, says Bobby Ryan. [TSN]
  • The NHL has determined that Morgan Rielly did not utter a homophobic slur at referee Brad Meier in Monday night’s game against the Tampa Bay Lightning. [Sportsnet]
  • What is life like for a player who’s usually in the press box rather than on the ice? [The Athletic]
  • What is the ideal final four this year for the neutral and for the league? [ESPN]
  • The development trajectories of Alex DeBrincat and Dylan Strome may dictate just how long it takes for the Chicago Blackhawks to reclaim their place at among the league’s elite. [Second City Hockey]
  • After being a rumoured hot commodity at the trade deadline that ultimately went unmoved, what’s behind Andre Burakovsky’s recent run of form? [Japers’ Rink]