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Wednesday Habs Headlines: Joel Armia is close to returning

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In today’s links, Joel Armia hopes to be back in the lineup before the bye week, first impressions on Ilya Kovalchuk, and Nicklas Backstrom signs an extension with the Washington Capitals.

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Montreal Canadiens news and notes

  • Joel Armia is close to returning to the Habs lineup. [Montreal Gazette]
  • Nate Thompson hopes that his story can help others facing the same struggles. [Montreal Gazette]
  • Jesperi Kotkaniemi, Ryan Poehling, and the potential beginning of a beautiful friendship. [The Athletic]
  • A positive first impression for Ilya Kovalchuk. [Radio-Canada]
  • For the time being, Kovalchuk is making Marc Bergevin look good. [RDS]
  • Kovalchuk is enjoying the warm welcome that he’s received. [La Presse]
  • The Habs must improve their home record. [RDS]
  • What should the Canadiens do with Carey Price at the trade deadline? [Sportsnet]
  • Gianni Fairbrother’s season looks to have come to a premature end.
  • An update on Joni Ikonen:

Around the league and elsewhere

  • The Washington Capitals have re-signed Nicklas Backstrom to a 5-year contract extension with a $9.2 million AAV. [Japers’ Rink]
  • What does Backstrom’s contract mean for Braden Holtby? [The Athletic]
  • Based on recent trends, defence helps, but it’s not the be-all-end-all to winning the Stanley Cup. [Sportsnet]
  • Could Alec Martinez of the Los Angeles Kings set the market price for deadline defencemen? [TSN]
  • Twenty names who could be changing addresses at the trade deadline. [Sportsnet]
  • Despite his two-game suspension, Zack Kassian says that he would “do it all over again”. [TSN]
  • Originally slated to miss 2-3 weeks, Tage Thompson will be out 5-6 months after team doctors determined that surgery was required. [ProHockeyTalk]
  • Do these five stars have bad contracts? [The Athletic]
  • A free agent at year’s end, Corey Crawford doesn’t see himself retiring or as a backup. [Second City Hockey]
  • Can Roman Josi win the Norris Trophy this season? [On the Forecheck]
  • An alternate history: what if the Dallas Stars had selected Cale Makar and the Colorado Avalanche Miro Heiskanen in 2017? [The Athletic]
  • Frolunda HC and Mountfield HK will play for the championship of the Champions Hockey League.
  • Sabrina Scali is doing something about a common perception of gender roles in sport.
  • A tale of two Gretzkys: Wayne and Slava. [KHL.ru]
  • They might not put this Forsberg on a stamp for it, but Filip’s got pretty slick hands.