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Friday Habs Headlines: A swimmingly smooth season for Tomas Tatar

In today’s links, a smooth first season with the CH for ‘Tuna’ Tatar, all eyes are on Nick Suzuki as the Storm play for a berth in the Memorial Cup, and the response and fallout from the boycott shaking women’s hockey.

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Montreal Canadiens news and notes

  • The 2018-19 season went swimmingly for “Tuna” Tomas Tatar. [Montreal Canadiens]
  • Nate Thompson is thrilled to find a fit with the Habs. [Montreal Gazette]
  • Nick Suzuki has been reunited with his childhood best friend Isaac Ratcliffe with the Guelph Storm. [Montreal Canadiens]
  • Suzuki will face off against the Ottawa 67s for the J. Ross Robertson Cup. [Ottawa Sun]
  • The Habs prospect has improved in many more areas than just skill this year. [RDS]
  • Chronicling Marc Bergevin’s seven rollercoaster years as Canadiens GM. [Radio-Canada]
  • ICYMI: More than 200 players have announced a boycott of professional women’s hockey in North America until a more sustainable league model is established. [TSN|Sportsnet|EOTP]

Around the league and elsewhere

  • What are the best storylines of this year’s playoffs so far? [ESPN]
  • Seven players who could be traded this summer. [Journal de Montreal]
  • Kelly McCrimmon is the new general manager of the Vegas Golden Knights. [Vegas Golden Knights]
  • The San Jose Sharks are finally getting the goaltending that they always wanted from Martin Jones, and not a moment too soon. [ProHockeyTalk]
  • At age 35, journeyman Curtis McElhinney is finally getting his moment. [New York Times]
  • Hall of Famer Red Kelly has passed away at the age of 91. [TSN|The Hockey News]
  • Former NHLer John Erskine has been severely injured in an auto accident near Napanee, Ontario. [TSN]
  • Jakub Jerabek is returning to the KHL. [RDS]
  • Corey Pronman recaps the 2019 U18 World Championships. [The Athletic]
  • The United States may have settled for bronze this time, but their success at this level - ten gold medals since 2002 - is unparalleled. How do they do it? [The Athletic]

Friday’s playoff schedule

Game 4: New York Islanders @ Carolina Hurricanes (Hurricanes lead 3-0)

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

Game 5: Dallas Stars @ St. Louis Blues (Series tied 2-2)

Start time: 9:30 PM EDT / 6:00 PM PDT
In Canada: Sportsnet, Sportsnet 360 (English), TVA Sports (French)
In the USA: NBCSN
Elsewhere: NHL.tv / Rogers NHL Live