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Wednesday Habs Headlines: Can this season be a success without the playoffs?

In today’s links, the fans, media, and the GM weigh in on the successfulness of this season, tracking the wild-card chase, and the latest on what’s going on with the CWHL’s impending end.

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Montreal Canadiens news and notes

  • The Gazette asks its readers: Can this season be called a success if the Habs don’t make the playoffs? [Montreal Gazette]
  • Stu Cowan agrees with Marc Bergevin in saying that the season is already a success. [Montreal Gazette]
  • The Habs are on the right path, says Alain Sanscartier. [RDS]
  • Jose Theodore considers the Habs’ performance this season to be a very pleasant surprise. [Journal de Montreal]
  • Regardless, this is no time for the Habs to give up. [Journal de Montreal]
  • Marc Bergevin can only watch as the team that he assembled fights for the wild-card. [TSN]
  • Nate Thompson has embraced playing in Montreal. [Montreal Gazette]
  • The Canadiens will not be signing Ryan Poehling’s college teammate Jimmy Schuldt.

Wishing we were in the West

  • Justin Williams has played a major role in dragging a “bunch of jerks” towards the playoffs. [Ottawa Citizen]
  • Just who are these jerks anyway? [The Athletic]
  • How the Columbus Blue Jackets caught fire before running into a pack of bears from Beantown. [Columbus Blue Jackets]
  • Sergei Bobrovsky is back to his Vezina-calibre self, and not a moment too soon. [TSN]

Around the league and elsewhere

  • After notching only four goals in his last 28 games, Elias Pettersson has vowed to work on his conditioning in the offseason. [TSN]
  • After another disappointing season, what’s next for the Minnesota Wild? [ProHockeyTalk]
  • The team managed to have a little fun at Joel Eriksson Ek’s expense though.
  • A Los Angeles-based youth hockey program has suspended fifteen players and three coaches after they were filmed making anti-semitic remarks. [The Athletic]
  • Washington Capitals defenceman Michal Kempny is done for the year with a hamstring tear. [ProHockeyTalk]
  • Looking back on how much Bob Cole has contributed to hockey during his career. [The Athletic]
  • Robin Lehner helped finish one amazing 7-year-old fan’s checklist. [ProHockeyTalk]
  • Is this the year a “weird-ass” team wins the Stanley Cup? [The Athletic]
  • Drew Doughty just wants this season over with. [Sportsnet]

The latest on North American professional women’s hockey

  • With the CWHL imminently folding, the NWHL has announced their intention to expand to Toronto and Montreal. [ESPN | Sportsnet | Globe and Mail]
  • The Canadiens have issued a statement in the wake of the folding of the CWHL. [Montreal Canadiens]
  • Many believe that the NHL is key to the future of professional women’s hockey. [31 Thoughts]