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Monday Habs Headlines: Ilya Kovalchuk has already proven his worth

In today’s links, Bergevin should keep Kovalchuk, the Canadiens’ annual Skills Competition, cautious optimism for the playoffs, McDavid’s bruised knee, and more.

Montreal Canadiens v Buffalo Sabres Photo by Bill Wippert/NHLI via Getty Images

Montreal News and Notes

  • Should the Canadiens be buying at the deadline? [Montreal Gazette]
  • Over 15,000 fans packed the stands to watch the annual Canadiens’ Skills Competition on Sunday. [NHL]
  • Find out why Andrew Zadarnowski is very optimistic about the Canadiens’ playoff chances. [TSN690]

The Ilya Kovalchuk section:

  • Note to Marc Bergevin: Bring back Ilya Kovalchuk. He’s already proven his worth. [Montreal Gazette]
  • An overtime winner is a much better birthday gift for Kovalchuk’s son than a Playstation. [Montreal Gazette]
  • His passionate demeanour is providing hope to Canadiens (and their fans). [Sportsnet]
  • Kovalchuk doesn’t just suit up for the NHL. An outdoor rink in blowing snow hanging with some kids is also an option
  • I wonder what Alexander Romanov thinks of his fellow Russian?

Around the League and Elsewhere

  • Boston Bruins’ defenceman Jeremy Lauzon has been suspended two games for an illegal check to the head on Arizona CoyotesDerek Stepan. [Sportsnet]
  • For Sedin Week, a collection of celebrations the Vancouver Canucks will host to honour the legendary twins, Markus Naslund recalls what made them “special.” [Sportsnet]
  • Matthew Tkachuk and Johnny Gaudreau were outstanding in the 6-2 dismantlement of the Canucks on Saturday night. [Sportsnet]
  • Connor McDavid suffered a bruised knee against the Nashville Predators on Saturday but apparently it’s “nothing serious.” [Yahoo Sports]
  • Coach: “Okay everyone. Let’s play the jawdropper passing play.”