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

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.

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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]