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

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.

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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]