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Friday Habs Headlines: Phillip Danault a huge asset for the Canadiens

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In today’s links, looking at Danault’s value to the team, Ilya Kovalchuk’s training regimen, and analyzing the wild-card race in the Atlantic Division.

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Montreal Canadiens news and notes

  • By any metric, Phillip Danault has been a huge asset for the Habs. [Montreal Gazette]
  • Jesperi Kotkaniemi’s pugilistic performance was a team bonding moment. [Hockey Inside/Out]
  • President of the Laval Rocket Mark Weightman will be leaving his post on February 7. [RDS]
  • Ilya Kovalchuk is training in Los Angeles under the watchful eye of skills coach Vladislav Kouroedov. [Montreal Canadiens]
  • Charles Hudon deserves his All-Star appearance. [RDS]
  • Who is Laurent Dauphin, recently exchanged for Michael McCarron? [La Presse]
  • Dale Weise is becoming an adopted local. [La Presse]
  • Alexander Romanov returned to game action for CSKA Moscow and looked none the worse for wear.

Around the league and elsewhere

  • Have the Buffalo Sabres become a second rate organization? [Die by the Blade]
  • John Tortorella has Frank Seravalli’s vote for coach of the year at the mid-way mark. [TSN]
  • Analyzing the Eastern Conference’s wild-card race. [Sportsnet]
  • Marc Methot admits that he’s probably done playing hockey. [TSN]
  • What to watch out for in the elite women’s 3-on-3 game at All Star weekend. [Sportsnet]
  • The most dangerous lead in hockey this year is... all of them. [ProHockeyTalk]
  • The owner of the San Jose Sharks has given Doug Wilson a vote of confidence. [ESPN]
  • A new postage stamp will commemorate the Colored Hockey Championship, a black hockey league that operated between 1895 and the 1930s. [CBC]
  • Team Japan recently became the first Asian team to win a hockey gold medal at an Olympic competition, taking gold at the Youth Olympic Games in Lausanne, Switzerland. [Olympic.org]