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Tuesday Habs Headlines: Poised for Takeoff

Kotkaniemi preparing for North America, Claude Julien’s recovery, Cam Hillis’ kids foundation, off season training, Kendall Coyne Schofield makes history, and more in today’s links.

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Montreal Canadiens News and Notes

  • Jesperi Kotkaniemi’s loan to Liiga is just about over. [La Presse]
  • A healthy Claude Julien says he wants to be behind the Habs’ bench as long as possible. [NHL]
  • Cam Hillis’ 2018-19 season was derailed by injuries, but it gave him time to think. The result is his Hillis Found8tion. [Canadiens]
  • It may be a bit more complicated than normal, but the Habs are still supervising off-season conditioning. [The Athletic]
  • Tomas Tatar has launched his own website this off-season. [Twitter]

Around the League and Elsewhere

  • The NHL is embroiled in a legal battle, as their insurance companies are refusing to pay for the concussion lawsuits. [TSN]
  • He’ll have an up-hill battle, but Jaromir Jagr thinks that Alex Ovechkin can break Wayne Gretzky’s record. [NHL]
  • The Chicago Blackhawks have hired Kendall Coyne Schofield as a player development coach. [TSN | Sportsnet | NBC Sports]
  • The Vegas Golden Knights’ AHL affiliate, the Henderson Silver Knights, have hired Jamie Heward and Joel Ward as their assistant coaches. [Twitter]
  • Whether or not Patrik Laine returns to Winnipeg, the Jets’ power play will need some work. [TSN]
  • Auston Matthews and Connor McDavid have been practicing together, wowing the likes of Shane Doan, and Peter Budaj, and other NHLers. [Sportsnet]
  • Dave Lowry will be joining his son Adam in Winnipeg as the Assistant Coach. [Sportsnet]
  • As the return to play date looms large, NHLers are increasingly unhappy with the demands being raised by the NHL. [The Hockey News]
  • As the league and players figure it out, what would a playoff format look like in a shortened season? [The Athletic]
  • An argument for the Bruins offer-sheeting Mikhail Sergachev. [The Athletic]