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Wednesday Habs Headlines: Jesperi Kotkaniemi receiving plaudits for his defensive work

In today’s links, Kotkaniemi is being noticed for his fine defensive play, Nate Thompson talks about his journey to Montreal, and the NHL discusses potential rule changes.

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Montreal Canadiens news and notes

  • Jesperi Kotkaniemi is receiving attention for his defensive play, with the word “Selke” popping up in some circles. [ProHockeyTalk]
  • Claude Julien has been handcuffed by his goaltender situation, and a great challenge now faces Carey Price on this California road trip, says Jose Theodore. [Journal de Montreal]
  • Nate Thompson admits to having “dark moments” as he battled alcoholism during his NHL career. [La Presse]
  • Thompson is providing a reliable faceoff presence on the fourth line for the Habs. [Montreal Gazette]
  • Karl Alzner waits in Laval, but he does it with a smile. [La Presse]
  • Five years after meningitis threatened his life, Tim Bozon found himself scoring the goal that took his Geneve-Servette team into the playoffs. [L’Equipe]

Around the league and elsewhere

  • Several members of the Washington Capitals discuss the importance of academic excellence in a hockey player’s life. [Japers’ Rink]
  • Alexander Radulov was scratched from Tuesday night’s game against the New York Rangers because he arrived late to practice. With precious points on the line, did the Dallas Stars make the right choice? [ProHockeyTalk]
  • The final Humboldt Broncos player involved in the 2018 bus crash has been released from hospital. [ESPN]
  • Jimmy Huntington explains why he chose the Tampa Bay Lightning over other teams, including the Canadiens. [TVA]
  • The NHL is proposing a rule change that would see helmetless players be forced to immediately leave the ice — a rule that is already present in IIHF competitions. [ESPN]
  • The general managers are also considering a rule change involving where the faceoff takes place at the start of a power play.