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Thursday Habs Headlines: Ilya Kovalchuk finds a fit in Montreal

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NHL: Calgary Flames at Montreal Canadiens Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports

Montreal Canadiens news and notes

  • Ilya Kovalchuk opens up about why the Canadiens are a better fit for him than the Kings. [Sportsnet]
  • Brendan Gallagher’s condition has not been officially diagnosed, but he is remaining out of the lineup. [TSN]
  • Habs rookie Nick Suzuki is adapting well to life in the NHL. [Montreal Gazette]
  • Carey Price has the dubious honour of serving as an example of why teams should think twice before they end up overpaying a goalie. [The Athletic]

Around the league and elsewhere

  • Several recent coaching changes are making waves in the NHL. [31 Thoughts]
  • P.K. Subban says he won’t request a trade out of New Jersey, at least not right now. [TSN]
  • As the trade deadline approaches, the Devils should see what they can get in exchange for Sami Vatanen. [All About the Jersey]
  • Vancouver’s Tyler Motte shared his story about mental health in support of the #HockeyTalks initiative. [Canucks on Twitter]
  • Without Gerard Gallant, Vegas is still moving forward. [The Athletic]
  • The NHL has announced the Elite Women’s 3-on-3 roster, which will be a featured event at this year’s All-Star Skills competition: