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Wednesday Habs Headlines: Laval is a good stop for Jesperi Kotkaniemi

In today’s links, Jesperi Kotkaniemi reflects upon the latest turn in his young career, the story of how the Habs pursued Ilya Kovalchuk—then and now—and Kimmo Timonen, Mark Streit, and Ryan Smyth are among the inductees this year into the IIHF Hall of Fame.

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Shanna Martin

Montreal Canadiens news and notes

  • Jesperi Kotkaniemi says that Laval is a “good stop” for him. [Montreal Gazette]
  • Kotkaniemi left a good impression on Alexandre Burrows in his first game with the Laval Rocket. [RDS]
  • The story of how the Canadiens pursued Ilya Kovalchuk 19 years ago, and the path that finally brought him to Montreal. [The Athletic]
  • Jeff Petry is the number one defender on the trade market, according to Pierre LeBrun. [RDS]
  • Rhett Pitlick, Allan McShane, and Jayden Struble are continuing to impress. [Montreal Canadiens]
  • After an up and down season, Brett Kulak is currently enjoying a renaissance. [La Presse]
  • Michael McNiven is happy to be back with the Rocket, while Keith Kinkaid is frustrated to be left behind. [The Athletic]
  • Jack Hughes says that ex-teammate Cole Caufield is “a goal scorer” and to not worry about his performance at the WJC. [Montreal Gazette]
  • The Beliveau family will put the last of the former captain’s memorabilia up for auction. [Montreal Gazette]
  • Tragically Hip guitarist Paul Langlois has been a Habs fan since day one. [Montreal Canadiens]

Around the league and elsewhere

  • Matt Niskanen has exceeded expectations on the Philadelphia Flyers’ top defensive pairing. [Broad Street Hockey]
  • P.K. Subban and the New Jersey Devils must find a way forward together. [Sportsnet]
  • Jack Eichel vows that the “wheels won’t fall off” the Buffalo Sabres as it has in past years. [ProHockeyTalk]
  • Kimmo Timonen is part of the IIHF’s 2020 Hall of Fame Class. [Second City Hockey]
  • Ryan Smyth and former Canadien Mark Streit are also being inducted. [RDS]
  • NHL agents have their say on the best and worst GMs to work with around the league. [The Athletic]
  • Zac and Rebecca Leslie are supporting each other as he plies his trade for the Stockton Heat and she awaits the future of women’s hockey as part of the PWHPA. [Stockton Heat]
  • Patrik Bexell talks about the Los Angeles Kings’ top three Swedish prospects. [Jewels from the Crown]
  • Frölunda HC are four-time Champions Hockey League winners.
  • The Royal Canadian Mint have released a new coin featuring Willie O’Ree for Black History Month.