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Kovalchuk has been a godsend for Montreal, but as the trade deadline approaches, should they hold on to him? The Price effect, mid-season report cards, McDavid, Kassian and more in today's links

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Montreal Canadiens News and Notes

  • The value of Ilya Kovalchuk at the trade deadline, and should the Habs trade him? [NBC Sports | The Hockey News | Montreal Gazette]
  • The good, bad, and ugly of last week, and the glory that has been Kovalchuk’s time with Montreal so far. [The Athletic]
  • Kovalchuk and Cale Fleury earn mentions in Kyle Bukauskas’ roundup. [Sportsnet]
  • There's a reason Carey Price is still considered the best of the best, even with his recent struggles, and it's as much about what's going on in the heads of the players shooting at him — even his own teammates — as it is about his skill. [The Athletic]
  • Eric Engels gives his mid-season evaluation of the Habs. [Twitter]
  • Samuel Houde has had wrist surgery, and is estimated to be out about eight weeks. [Saguenees]
  • While there's life, there's hope, and the Habs have been showing plenty of signs of life. [Montreal Gazette]
  • Evaluating the Habs’ prospects at mid-season. [The Athletic]
  • Rafaël Harvey-Pinard, Brett Stapley, and Rhett Pitlick continue their strong seasons. [Canadiens]
  • If you haven't seen it yet, what are you waiting for?? Artturi Lehkonen and Nate Thompson sit down for an episode of The Chat. [Twitter]

Around the League and Elsewhere

  • Sophie Kratzer, a keystone of Team Germany in the 2010s, has passed away from cancer at age 30. [IIHF]
  • Adidas and Sportsnet are teaming up on a documentary of Connor McDavid's recovery from the knee injury he suffered at the end of last season. [Yahoo| Sportsnet |
  • Zack Kassian reflects on his battles with substance abuse, and the car accident that ended his time in Montreal, but started his road to recovery. [Yahoo]
  • Evgeni Malkin is indignant over the Bronx cheers directed at Matt Murray recently. [TSN | The Athletic]
  • Speaking of goalies, Jacob Markstrom and the Canucks have begun contract negotiations. [NHL]
  • They started from the bottom, now they're here. Looking at the Avalanche's ascension in the past four years, and what that might mean for the Detroit Red Wings. [The Athletic]