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Wednesday Habs Headlines: Marc Bergevin’s deadline deals are duds

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In today’s links, asking whether Marc Bergevin should have stood pat at the deadline, analyzing a Habs team seeing their season slip away, and how will the Penguins cope without Evgeni Malkin down the stretch?

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Montreal Canadiens news and notes

  • Marc Bergevin’s deadline deals haven’t benefited the team. [Montreal Gazette]
  • Claude Julien doesn’t want to blame Jesperi Kotkaniemi or the depth acquisitions for the team’s recent woes. [RDS]
  • Julien defended his benching of the team’s star rookie against the Chicago Blackhawks, though. [Montreal Gazette]
  • Jose Theodore says that the Canadiens are wasting Carey Price’s efforts. [Journal de Montreal]
  • In danger of missing out on the post-season, are the Habs hitting the panic button? [RDS]
  • Marc Dumont says that the Canadiens should stop experimenting and go back to the lines that served them so well early in the season. [The Athletic]
  • Enjoying a successful first professional season in Laval, Jake Evans knows that there are still obstacles to be overcome. [RDS]
  • Before Montreal, Ryan Poehling has his sights set on Buffalo and the Frozen Four. [TVA]
  • Alumnus Charlie Lindgren hopes that Poehling and the St. Cloud State University Huskies go all the way this year. [Montreal Canadiens]
  • Francis Boullion discusses the importance of mental training for young players. [Montreal Canadiens]
  • It appears that the Clarkson Cup final will be broadcast in French for the first time.
  • Marie-Philip Poulin though remains questionable to play in Sunday’s championship game. [Sportsnet]

Looking up at the wild-card positions

  • A failure to protect late period leads is becoming a recurring problem for the Pittsburgh Penguins. [Pittsburgh Tribune-Review]
  • The Pens will have to handle the final stretch without one of the league’s best players, as Evgeni Malkin is week-to-week with an upper body injury. [NHL.com]
  • After being struck in the eye by Alex Kerfoot’s stick, Carolina Hurricane Calvin de Haan wasn’t sure that his eyeball was still in its socket. [Toronto Star]
  • Petr Mrazek and Curtis McElhinney have changed the Hurricanes, who must contend with the third toughest schedule in the league for the remainder of the season. [Sportsnet]
  • With three goaltenders on the active roster, the Columbus Blue Jackets are healthy scratching Sergei Bobrovsky on his days off in order to give him a full rest. [The Athletic]
  • The Blue Jackets will need to buck a trend of futility against western Canadian teams if they are to keep pace in the playoff race. [1st Ohio Battery]

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