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Friday Habs Headlines: A good start for Ilya Kovalchuk

In today’s links, Ilya Kovalchuk has made the most of his second chance so far, asking whether the Habs will be buyers, sellers, or neither at the trade deadline, and what’s the secret behind the New York Islanders?

NHL: JAN 09 Oilers at Canadiens Photo by David Kirouac/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Montreal Canadiens news and notes

  • Ilya Kovalchuk is off to a good start with the Habs. [Montreal Gazette]
  • The team’s playoff hopes are quickly spiraling down the drain. [Hockey Inside/Out]
  • What would a deadline fire-sale look like for the Canadiens? [TSN]
  • Wondering who to keep and who to trade. [La Presse]
  • As Carey Price started his 36th game of the season, we’re reminded more and more that the league-wide trend is moving towards two capable starting goaltenders. [La Presse]
  • Should we compare the Canadiens’ unwillingness to tear it down with what the New York Rangers are doing? [La Presse]
  • As the losses mount, all eyes turn to Geoff Molson. [Radio-Canada]

Around the league and elsewhere

  • Outchanced and outshot on most nights, the New York Islanders are relying on goaltending to be their great equalizer. [TSN]
  • Perry Pearn has been fired as the head coach of the National Women’s Team by Hockey Canada. [RDS]
  • The Pittsburgh Penguins are reportedly trying to move Alex Galchenyuk. [RDS]
  • Max Pacioretty is on pace for a career best season in Las Vegas. [ProHockeyTalk]
  • The Dallas Stars are navigating past the shocking dismissal of Jim Montgomery. [ESPN]
  • The fifteen most shocking events of the first half of the NHL season. [ESPN]
  • Midseason fixes for NHL teams in the playoff hunt. [ESPN]
  • Zach Werenski should be representing the Columbus Blue Jackets at the All Star Game. [The Cannon]
  • After a rocky start to the season, Jason Spezza is basking in the adulation of Toronto’s fans. [Sportsnet]
  • Jonathan Huberdeau: playmaker extraordinare.
  • Gold-medal-goal-scorer Akil Thomas has been traded to the Peterborough Petes. [Sportsnet]