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Thursday Habs Headlines: Jesperi Kotkaniemi looks forward to improving on an impressive first season

Here are your daily links, including a look back (and forward) at Kotkaniemi, Nick Suzuki tearing up the Memorial Cup, and more.

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NHL: Montreal Canadiens at New York Islanders Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports

Montreal Canadiens news and notes

  • With a stellar rookie year in the books, Jesperi Kotkaniemi expects everything to just get better. [Canadiens]
  • Nick Suzuki continues to dazzle at the Memorial Cup as the Guelph Storm eliminate Cole Fonstad and the Prince Albert Raiders. [Canadiens] [TSN 690]
  • The Habs need to decide if re-signing Jordie Benn is worth it. [The Athletic]
  • Jesse Ylönen will play for the Lahti Pelicans in the Champions Hockey League next year. [Twitter]

Around the league and elsewhere

  • It’s easy to identify the “big winner” of each NHL season, but it isn’t always as easy to spot the team that ended up the biggest loser. [The Athletic]
  • Anthony Mantha will not play for Team Canada in their quarter final game vs. Switzerland after receiving a one-game suspension from the IIHF for an illegal check to the head. [TSN]
  • An NHL source confirmed that there will be an ownership change in Arizona. [Twitter]
  • San Jose’s WCF loss could mark the end of an era. [The Athletic]

Thursday schedule

No NHL games today

Next: Stanley Cup Final Game 1 — Monday, May 27: St. Louis Blues @ Boston Bruins

No Memorial Cup games today

Next: Semifinal — Friday, May 24: Rouyn-Noranda Huskies @ Guelph Storm