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Wednesday Habs Headlines: Geoff Molson envisions long-term success for Montreal

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In today’s links, the Canadiens owner reflects on the team and the year, Jesperi Kotkaniemi is logging lots of minutes in Finland, and the Arizona Coyotes face the music over Mitchell Miller.

NHL: APR 9 Montreal Canadiens end of season press conference Photo by David Kirouac/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Montreal Canadiens news and notes

  • Geoff Molson thinks that the Habs have a team that can be good for many years. [Sportsnet]
  • Will Marc Bergevin’s hard work pay off for the Canadiens? [TSN (Video)]
  • Jesperi Kotkaniemi is logging lots of ice in Pori. [Montreal Gazette]

Around the league and elsewhere

  • At least one-third of NHL teams had struck Mitchell Miller, the Arizona Coyotes prospect convicted for bullying a disabled Black child when he was 14, off their draft lists. He remains in the mix for Team USA at this year’s World Juniors. [TSN]
  • Miller’s selection is evidence that the NHL’s anti-racism initiatives are ringing hollow. [CBS Sports | The Athletic]
  • The Coyotes were reportedly aware of Miller’s past prior to selecting him. [The Athletic]
  • Selecting Miller represents a missed opportunity for the Coyotes to lead on inclusivity and diversity initiatives. [Sportsnet]
  • The fact that their leading scorer, Mike Hoffman, remains unsigned is a sign of a culture shift for the Florida Panthers. [La Presse]
  • Ilya Kovalchuk is once again waiting for the right place and right time for an NHL return. [The Athletic]
  • How would an all-Canadian division look from logistics and competitiveness perspectives? [The Athletic]
  • Willie O’Ree reflects on Foster Hewitt’s impact on his childhood. [Sportsnet]