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Sunday Habs Headlines: Ilya Kovalchuk gets introduced in Montreal

In today’s links, Kovalchuk speaks to media for the first time since the trade, what his acquisition means to the team, and a report on Barrett Hayton’s injury ahead of the Gold Medal Game.

NHL: JAN 04 Penguins at Canadiens Photo by David Kirouac/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Montreal Canadiens news and notes

  • Ilya Kovalchuk seemed very happy to be in Montreal as he was introduced to media on Saturday afternoon:
  • He believes he still has plenty to offer the team. [TSN]
  • Phillip Danault believes Kovalchuk’s addition is a vote of confidence in the current team to turn things around and make the post-season. [TVA Sports]
  • What kind of difference can the new forward make for the team’s slim playoff aspirations? [Sportsnet]
  • A few narratives emerged in the first half of the Canadiens’ season. François Gagnon looks at which ones are actually true, and which ones aren’t. [RDS]

Around the league and elsewhere

  • Why weren’t the Boston Bruins the ones to take the chance on Kovalchuk? [Yahoo! Sports]
  • Canada may not have the services of Barrett Hayton for the Gold Medal Game at the World Juniors today. [TSN]
  • David Poile is running out of patience with his underachieving Nashville Predators team. [Sportsnet]
  • A change of not just the coach but the overall philosophy has the Toronto Maple Leafs looking more like the team most people expected to see. [TSN]
  • With Marc-Andre Fleury not attending the All-Star Game, Jacob Markstrom has taken his place. [NBC Sports]