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Thursday Habs Headlines: Ilya Kovalchuk one of several players with nowhere to play

In today’s links, some older players left standing when the music stopped, Romanov still committed to playing in Montreal this season, and Ottawa’s loss of Mark Borowiecki the person.

NHL: FEB 22 Canadiens at Senators Photo by Richard A. Whittaker/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Montreal Canadiens news and notes

  • The playoff performance altered the plan for the Canadiens. As a result, what was a nearly guaranteed landing spot for Ilya Kovalchuk may instead bring about the offensive winger’s retirement from the NHL. Thanks to cap constraints, several other players are in the same boat. [Journal de Montreal]
  • Despite the dalyed start to the 2020R-21 season, there are still no plans for Alexander Romanov to play anywhere other than the NHL. [La Presse]
  • Charles Hudon is having much more fun in the Swiss NLA than he did in recent years in North America. [Journal de Montreal]
  • Twenty-five years ago yesterday, Réjean Houle an Mario Tremblay were hired by the Canadiens. [Montreal Gazette]
  • Behind the scenes of the Chicago Steel draft event, with Canadiens pick Sean Farrell and his teammate Ian Moore, who are following the same path to an NHL role. [Metro West Daily News]
  • Tyler Toffoli answers some questions from his new fans:

Around the league and elsewhere

  • There are five or six teams showing interest in Mike Hoffman, according to his agent. [TSN]
  • The Chicago Blackhawks are now in a rebuild, with highly paid members of the core caught in the lurch. [Chicago Tribune]
  • Zack Senyshyn, the 15th overall pick in 2015, has signed a one-year extension with the Boston Bruins. [Stanley Cup of Chowder]
  • The Washington Capitals have hired Kevin McCarthy as an assistant ooach. [Japers’ Rink]
  • Former NHL enforcer Enrico Ciccone is trying to get fighting banned in the sport at the youth level is his second career as a politician. [Montreal Gazette]
  • Gary Roberts is now on the Seattle Kraken payroll as a sports science consultant. []
  • The city of Ottawa lost a great ambassador in Mark Borowiecki when he signed with the Nashville Predators. His recent efforts in communicating with Justin Morissette, the Sportsnet radio host brutalized in a recent attack, point to the type of person he is. [Silver Seven]