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Wednesday Habs Headlines: A deal with Matt Duchene in the off-season?

In today’s links, pondering whether Matt Duchene should be Marc Bergevin’s primary target in offseason free agency, CH prospects prepare to duel for hardware, and Nathan MacKinnon and the Avs are well positioned to build off an unexpected playoff run.

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Montreal Canadiens news and notes

  • Marc Bergevin needs to seriously consider pursuing impending free agent Matt Duchene this offseason. [RDS | Google Translate]
  • Duchene counts The Hockey Sweater among one of his favourite books, and purchased it for his son shortly after his birth. [Journal de Montreal]
  • Max Domi is looking to expand his musical horizons this offseason. [Montreal Canadiens]
  • The Canadiens are well represented in the CHL playoffs, with Nick Suzuki (OHL), Joel Teasdale (QMJHL), and Cole Fonstad all preparing to battle for their respective league titles. [Montreal Canadiens]
  • Les Canadiennes bid adieu to the CWHL.

Around the league and elsewhere

  • Which surviving team should fans of each Canadian team cheer for? [The Athletic]
  • The Columbus Blue Jackets’ playoff run is fueled by a resurgent Sergei Bobrovsky. [ProHockeyTalk]
  • Nathan MacKinnon and Marc-Edouard Vlasic are locked in a duel to the end as the Avalanche and Sharks continue their series. [RDS]
  • No matter what happens this postseason, the Avalanche are well poised to build off their run. [ProHockeyTalk]
  • With Petr Mrazek out for game 3, it looks like Curtis McElhinney will make his first career playoff start. [ProHockeyTalk]
  • The New York Rangers have acquired the rights to Adam Fox. [Blueshirt Banter]
  • These “weird-ass” playoffs are further proof that the NHL needs to better advertise its small-market stars. [The Athletic]
  • The CWHL is auctioning off its trophies as it prepares to formally cease operations. [The Athletic]
  • Discussions are underway regarding the future of North American professional women’s hockey. [The Athletic]

Wednesday’s playoff schedule

Game 3: New York Islanders @ Carolina Hurricanes (Hurricanes lead 2-0)

Start time: 7:00 PM EDT / 4:00 PM PDT
In Canada: CBC, Sportsnet (English), TVA Sports (French)
Elsewhere: / Rogers NHL Live

Game 4: St. Louis Blues @ Dallas Stars (Blues lead 2-1)

Start time: 9:30 PM EDT / 6:30 PM PDT
In Canada: Sportsnet (English), TVA Sports (French)
Elsewhere: / Rogers NHL Live