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Tuesday Habs Headlines: Kovy's Debut

Kovalchuk's debut, Alexander Romanov's all-star WJC performance, taking a hard look at the Babcock era in Toronto, McDavid's hopes for Team Canada, and more in today's links

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Montreal Canadiens News and Notes

  • Ilya Kovalchuk was happy he got a point in his first game as a Hab, but he looks forward to having a bigger part with better results. [NHL]
  • Alexander Romanov earns a nod amongst standouts from this year's World Juniors. [The Athletic]
  • Vote Max Domi into the All-Star Game with the Last Men In! [NHL]
  • Before Kovalchuck, Bergevin was considering Sven Baertschi. [TVA Sports]
  • It was another loss, but the Habs are still not quitting. [The Montreal Gazette]

Around the League and Elsewhere

  • Examining the Babcock era in Toronto, his successes, and the peril of trusting a coach's reputation over results. [Pension Plan Puppets]
  • Blake Wheeler's WJC observations and rankings. [The Athletic]
  • The showing of a 2011 rerun accidentally caused confusion for Russian viewers of the gold medal game. [CBC]
  • Connor McDavid hopes to play for Team Canada again, and he’s not the only one. [Yahoo | Yahoo]
  • Cale Makar is making his...dare we say it...mark. [The Athletic]
  • The Predators have fired Peter Laviolette. [TSN | Sportsnet |
  • The Golden Knights are finally shaking off whatever ailed them at the beginning of the year. [The Hockey News]
  • The pluses and pit-falls of the traditional "two-touch” pregame ritual. [The Athletic]