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Saturday Habs Headlines: Welcome, Ilya Kovalchuk

In today’s links, what to expect from the newest Canadiens, Marc Bergevin’s reasoning, and the need for more weirdness in the NHL Winter Classic.

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Montreal Canadiens news and notes

  • What should Canadiens fans expect from the team’s newest acquisitions? [TSN 690]
  • GM Marc Bergevin believes that bringing in Ilya Kovalchuk is a no-risk move that will help buoy his team. [NHL]
  • Andrew Sturtz will look to impress with the Laval Rocket. [Onward State]
  • It might be time for the Canadiens to consider tanking for Alexis Lafrenière. [Montreal Gazette]
  • Quebec Premier Francois Legault’s hockey tweet has spawned an interesting debate about the Canadiens future. [CTV News]
  • Dale Weise is excited to be back with the Canadiens and wants to make the most of his opportunity. [Montreal Gazette]

Around the league and elsewhere

  • Ex-Dallas Stars coach Jim Montgomery will be getting some much needed help to deal with his alcohol abuse issues. [Dallas News]
  • Justin Williams’s unrelenting belief in himself helped him forge a long and successful NHL career. [Sportsnet]
  • In the wake of the latest NHL Winter Classic, it’s important to appreciate the sheer funkiness of it all. [ESPN]
  • Team Canada’s Bailey Bram has announced her retirement, capping off her memorable career. [Globe & Mail]
  • Police had to make an unusual arrest when two men were found fighting with hockey sticks. [The Star]