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Friday Habs Headlines: Playing for Team USA would be a “dream come true” for Cole Caufield

In today’s links, Caufield talks about potentially donning the Stars and Stripes for the upcoming WJC, wondering what the team might look like had Marc Bergevin acted differently, and surveying the goaltending landscape around the league.

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2019 NHL Scouting Combine - Portraits Photo by Chase Agnello-Dean/NHLI via Getty Images

Montreal Canadiens news and notes

  • Cole Caufield has his sights set on representing the USA at the 2020 IIHF World Junior Championship. [Montreal Canadiens]
  • Keith Kinkaid answers fan questions from Instagram.
  • The Canadiens have been given 33-1 odds to win the Stanley Cup next season. [Montreal Gazette]
  • What would the Habs look like if Marc Bergevin had made the opposite decision on his major moves since 2016? [The Athletic]
  • There will be much work for Bergevin once 2020 rolls around. [Journal de Montreal]

Around the league and elsewhere

  • What might the Edmonton Oilers look like today if Peter Chiarelli had not been allowed near the franchise? [The Athletic]
  • Andrew Shaw heads up the NHL’s top 10 candidates for regression next season. [The Athletic]
  • Highlighting four potential battles for the number #1 netminder position around the league in 2019-20. [ProHockeyTalk]
  • Making sense of the goaltending picture around the league. [TSN]
  • “I needed changes,” says Sergei Bobrovsky as he explains why he left Columbus for the Florida Panthers. [ProHockeyTalk]
  • “I’m not a rah-rah guy,” says Phil Kessel as he talks about assuming a leadership position on a young Arizona Coyotes team. [Sportsnet]
  • Signing depth players long-term is usually a losing proposition for NHL teams. [ProHockeyTalk]
  • With Nicklas Backstrom and Braden Holtby entering their final contract years, and Alex Ovechkin only two seasons away from free agency, the Washington Capitals have some decisions to make. [ProHockeyTalk]