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Friday Habs Headlines: Marco Scandella acquisition shows that Bergevin has his eyes on the playoffs

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In today’s links, analyzing the Marco Scandella trade, wondering if injuries will derail the Habs pursuit of the postseason, and reliving the Winter Classic.

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Montreal Canadiens news and notes

  • The trade for Marco Scandella says the Canadiens still have playoff aspirations. [Sportsnet]
  • Scandella represents an upgrade, says Marc Dumont. [The Athletic]
  • Francois Gagnon concurs, saying that the Montrealer’s physicality could complement Jeff Petry on the second pairing. [RDS]
  • ICYMI: Brendan Gallagher is out indefinitely with a concussion. [EOTP|Sportsnet]
  • The Habs’ pantry is full, but fans are growing hungry for the postseason. [Montreal Gazette]
  • Injuries like the one to Gallagher could prevent the Canadiens from reaching their goal. [Sportsnet]
  • Dale Weise didn’t hide his surprise to be recalled to the Canadiens. [Journal de Montreal]

Around the league and elsewhere

  • Looking back at the Winter Classic in Dallas, a day capped off by a Stars comeback win. [Defending Big D]
  • Mason Marchment, making his NHL debut for the Toronto Maple Leafs, credits skating consultant and World Champion Barb Underhill for his progress. [Sportsnet]
  • Marc Crawford is hoping for a positive personal change after his suspension. [Sportsnet]
  • Justin Bourne offers five early thoughts for 2020, including whether this is the Ottawa Senators dream season, what’s going on in San Jose, and is Dustin Byfuglien coming back? [The Athletic]
  • The fans and players both want NHLers at the Olympics. Whether the league wants it is another matter. [The Athletic]
  • Presenting the All-Analytics All-Stars. [TSN]
  • The United States edged Canada 2-1 in overtime in the final of the U18 Women’s World Championship. [TSN]
  • Patrick Sharp and Anson Carter give their predictions for the second half of the season. [ProHockeyTalk (Video)]