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Thursday Habs Headlines: The case for Matt Duchene to join the Canadiens this off-season

Here are your daily links, including the pros and cons of big-name free agents, news from the KHL, and more.

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NHL: Stanley Cup Playoffs-Columbus Blue Jackets at Boston Bruins Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

Montreal Canadiens news and notes

  • Matt Duchene is among the free agent names being linked to the Habs. [TSN]
  • If Marc Bergevin is looking to take a risk, Jake Gardiner could be a great fit. [The Athletic]
  • Tomas Tatar is hoping to help is inline hockey team to another championship title this summer. [Canadiens]
  • F1 race car driver and longtime fan Lance Stroll joined a few Habs on the ice on Wednesday, and he even scored a shootout goal on Michael McNiven. [Canadiens]
  • Former Habs goalie Antti Niemi is headed to the KHL. [TSN]

Around the league and elsewhere

  • Rather than returning to the NHL, Pavel Datsyuk is switching teams but staying in the KHL. [TSN]
  • Erik Karlsson had successful surgery last week and should be ready to go for the 2019-20 season, even though there’s still no word on where he will be playing. [Sportsnet]
  • Now that the combine has wrapped up, draft hopefuls and current NHLers shared some of their experiences from the interview portion of the event. [The Athletic]
  • Even though Zdeno Chara’s status for the rest of the Cup Final is still officially uncertain, other players who’ve suffered similar jaw injuries think he may choose to tough it out. [Sportsnet]
  • Buffalo GM Jason Botterill believes they can make a deal to keep Jeff Skinner in town. [TSN]

Thursday’s playoff schedule

Stanley Cup Final Game 5: St. Louis Blues @ Boston Bruins (Series tied 2-2)

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