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

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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. [NHL.com]
  • 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]