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Saturday Habs Headlines: Tomas Tatar leads World Championship hosts to victory

In today’s links, the World Championship gets underway with some standout performances, Nick Suzuki is showing his professional readiness, buyout options, and more.

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Montreal Canadiens news and notes

  • Tomas Tatar is thoroughly enjoying scoring goals in front of a home crowd once again. []
  • Nick Suzuki is announcing his readiness to challenge for an NHL spot with his post-season performance. [Radio-Canada]
  • In their efforts to pawn Jack Johnson off on another franchise, our Pittsburgh Penguins sister site believes Montreal is one of the likelier destinations. [PensBurgh]
  • Brendan Gallagher checks in with his mommy ahead of Mother’s Day to get some life — and hockey — advice. [YouTube]
  • Breaking down the costs of buying out five of the worst contracts in the NHL — including Karl Alzner’s. [TVA Sports]
  • Stu Cowan checks in on Chris Nilan’s post-retirement life in Montreal. [Montreal Gazette]
  • A look at the free agents Montreal could be interested in. [The Athletic]

Around the league and elsewhere

  • A list of the top pending NHL free agents. [TSN]
  • Canada’s first game at the World Championship had Kaapo Kakko in the spotlight. [NBC Sports]
  • The playoffs are revealing a more hands-off approach by the coaches of the teams going the furthest. [Sportsnet]
  • Friends and colleagues spoke about Red Kelly’s legacy at his funeral yesterday. [TSN]
  • There are plenty of reasons to be wary of the Colorado Avalanche over the next few years. [Mile High Hockey]
  • Dave Tippett and Jacques Martin are two names being mentioned most in Buffalo Sabres head coach discussions. [WGR 550]
  • Either he’s expecting to be able to buy a larger house, or Sergei Bobrovsky putting his condo up for sale in Columbus is a sign his time with the organization is up. [Sportsnet]
  • Looking back at Ken Holland’s career with the Detroit Red Wings. [Winging It In Motown]
  • The four teams are all represented in’s Conn Smythe round table. []

Saturday’s playoff schedule

WCF Game 1: St. Louis Blues @ San Jose Sharks

Start time: 8:00 PM EDT / 5:00 PM PDT
In Canada: CBC, Sportsnet (English), TVA Sports (French)
In the US: NBC
Elsewhere: NHL Live