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Wednesday Habs Headlines: Canadiens’ future is full of promise

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In today’s links, looking at the Canadiens’ future in a positive light, wondering what Marc Bergevin should do in the off-season, and gearing up for the start of the playoffs.

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Montreal Canadiens news and notes

  • The Habs’ season was marked by a culture shift and emerging hope for a brighter future. [Sportsnet]
  • Are there lessons to be learned from the 2007 team that also closely missed the post-season? [La Presse]
  • The Canadiens cleaned out their lockers on Tuesday and faced the media. [Journal de Montreal|EOTP]
  • The future is named “Kotkaniemi” and “Poehling.” [La Presse]
  • Reflecting on the good, the less good, and the questions facing the Canadiens’ season. [RDS]
  • A visual guide to the best and worst of the Habs’ 2018-19. [Athletique]
  • Marc Bergevin can’t afford to miss the playoffs a third straight season. [RDS | Montreal Gazette]
  • After a season that defied expectation and with cap space in the bank, is it time to be more aggressive in the off-season? [RDS]
  • Perhaps the bigger question is whether Bergevin can lure free agents to Montreal in the first place? [Montreal Gazette]
  • The Habs shouldn’t spend to the cap just for the sake of feeling like a big market team though. [The Athletic]
  • It’s the play of the players that’s forcing the GM to consider making moves, perhaps ahead of his own timetable. [Journal de Montreal]
  • Jonathan Drouin admits that he lost confidence in himself at points during the year. [Radio-Canada]
  • Jordie Benn hopes that his time with the Canadiens is not at an end, but how much is the depth defender worth? [Montreal Gazette|Journal de Montreal]
  • Alexander Romanov is off to the Gagarin Cup Final!

Around the league and elsewhere

  • The next six months will be critical for the Ottawa Senators, says GM Pierre Dorion. [TSN]
  • After the Minnesota Wild missed the playoffs, GM Paul Fenton won’t fire head coach Bruce Boudreau, nor will he committ to a rebuild. [ProHockeyTalk]
  • The pressure is squarely on Bob Nicholson to make the right pick for Edmonton Oilers’ GM. [The Athletic]
  • Playoff predictions abound! Hint: the Tampa Bay Lightning seem to be popular. [The Athletic|Sportsnet]
  • Breaking down the Western Conference first round matchups. [TSN]
  • A rematch with the Boston Bruins gives Jake Gardiner a chance at redemption after last year’s game 7 debacle. [TSN]
  • Mitch Marner is confident and ready to face Patrice Bergeron head-to-head. [TSN]
  • Is this year the last chance at Lord Stanley for ten veterans, including Patrick Marleau and Joe Thornton? [RDS]
  • Who won the 2019 NHL anti-awards? [Pension Plan Puppets]
  • Slava Voynov has been suspended for the entirety of the 2019-20 NHL season, including the postseason. [TSN]
  • Who is keeping the NHL out of Quebec City? [Deadspin]