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.
Gianni Fairbrother is out indefinitely, according to Silvertips GM Garry Davidson. He's having surgery tomorrow and is probably done for the season.— Josh Horton (@JoshHortonEDH) January 14, 2020
It's something the Silvertips have been aware of for a while and before the trade deadline, FYI. #WHL https://t.co/VppRvwIejP
- 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.
Sabrina Scali is a 7-year-old hockey player who bought a package of #NYR playing cards and couldn’t believe that the kings in the deck were shown as hockey players, but the queens were cheerleaders.— New York Rangers (@NYRangers) January 14, 2020
So wasn't OK with it. So she did something about it. #SheWill pic.twitter.com/0MdZkwfscz
- 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.