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Friday Habs Headlines: Don’t close the book on Jesperi Kotkaniemi

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In today’s links, it’s far too early to call Kotkaniemi a bust, analyzing every trade made by Marc Bergevin, and could Jumbo Joe be landing in T.O.?

AHL: FEB 19 Manitoba Moose at Laval Rocket Photo by David Kirouac/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Montreal Canadiens news and notes

  • Given that they said Jonathan Huberdeau was a flop after three years, it’s time to take a deep breath and relax when it comes to Jesperi Kotkaniemi. [La Presse | Google Translate]
  • With Carey Price making his 11th consecutive start on Thursday night, Charlie Lindgren missed an opportunity to face off against his brother Ryan. [Montreal Gazette]
  • Marc Bergevin could be angling for a summer blockbuster. [Hockey Inside/Out]
  • An analysis of every trade Bergevin has ever made as Canadiens GM. [The Athletic]
  • After surviving two health scares, Guy Lafleur is launching his own line of wines. [Montreal Gazette]

Around the league and elsewhere

  • The Philadelphia Flyers have one of the best penalty kills in the NHL, and it’s only getting better. [Broad Street Hockey]
  • The Vegas Golden Knights-Calgary Flames game on March 8 will feature an all-female broadcasting crew on Sportsnet. [ESPN]
  • Could Joe Thornton’s next destination be Toronto? [31 Thoughts]
  • Todd Reirden says Ilya Kovalchuk showed his true colours in Montreal. [RDS]
  • The top free agents from college, Europe, and major junior hockey. [The Athletic]
  • The Ottawa Senators are done tearing it down. Now comes the rebuilding part. [TSN]
  • Could Alex Pietrangelo or Torey Krug hit unrestricted free agency? Will someone hire Bruce Boudreau, Gerard Gallant, or even Mike Babcock? This summer’s biggest potential storylines. [The Athletic]