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Friday Habs Headlines: Are the Canadiens in for a big or small Trade Deadline?

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In today’s links, wondering how busy Marc Bergevin will be in the days leading up to the deadline, profiling Alexandre Alain, and wondering what it’s like for a player on the trade block during this time of year.

2019 NHL Draft - Round 2-7 Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images

Montreal Canadiens news and notes

  • Tweaks or a titanic deal: What’s on the cards for the Habs? [Hockey Inside/Out]
  • The Canadiens struggle from both a lack of punch and an inability to hold a lead. [RDS]
  • Analyzing the choppiest Trade Deadline waters that Marc Bergevin has ever had to navigate. [The Athletic]
  • Cerebral forward Alexandre Alain is blossoming with the Rocket. [Montreal Gazette]

Around the league and elsewhere

  • Chris Kreider is in high demand around the league, but Jake Muzzin might be staying in Toronto for the long haul. [TSN]
  • Braden Holtby’s attempt to play the puck on Wednesday was not well received by his head coach. [Japers’ Rink]
  • David Backes, by agreement with the Boston Bruins, will not be reporting to the AHL. [TSN]
  • Buffalo Sabres fans, and Duane in particular, are losing patience with the team. [ProHockeyTalk]
  • Ann-Renee Desbiens stole the show at the All-Star Game. [La Presse]
  • Unsurprisingly, Alexis Lafreniere is #1 in TSN’s mid-season draft ranking. [TSN]
  • More than an asset: what is it like for a player on the block at the deadline? [The Athletic]
  • Tomas Hertl is out for the season with MCL and ACL tears. [TSN]
  • Gerard Gallant talks about the shock of being fired. [The Athletic]
  • Andrew Ference talks about the challenges of growing the game at the youth level. [Sportsnet]