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Friday Habs Headlines: Ilya Kovalchuk is taking a wait-and-see approach

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In today’s links, Ilya Kovalchuk’s perspective on the Trade Deadline, early impressions on Jesperi Kotkaniemi’s performance in Laval, and what’s wrong with the Buffalo Sabres?

NHL: FEB 04 Canadiens at Devils

Montreal Canadiens news and notes

  • Ilya Kovalchuk has a wait and see attitude regarding his future in Montreal. [TSN]
  • Kovalchuk is having a lot of fun though with his teammates. [Montreal Gazette]
  • Cole Caufield is taking everything “one day at a time.” [RDS]
  • Jesperi Kotkaniemi’s had an immediate impact on the Laval Rocket. [Ilta-Sanomat (Finnish)]
  • Kotkaniemi should be allowed to flourish with the AHL club. [La Presse]
  • Arpon Basu answers your questions on all things Habs: February edition. [The Athletic]

Around the league and elsewhere

  • 16 Stats: how Alex Ovechkin can get to 894. [The Athletic]
  • How much of an upgrade is Jack Campbell over Michael Hutchinson? [Sportsnet]
  • Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl are carrying an almost unprecedented offensive burden. [TSN]
  • Corey Pronman re-draft’s the class of 2014. [The Athletic]
  • Hayley Scumurra’s third period goal led the United States past Canada in game four of the Rivalry Series. [Sportsnet]
  • Annie Pankowski answers questions on the role of the NHL in women’s professional hockey. [The Athletic]
  • Power Rankings: now featuring each team’s best nickname. [ESPN]
  • More Power Rankings: your team’s most untradeable contract edition. [Sportsnet]
  • Why the Buffalo Sabres are the NHL’s biggest disaster. [ESPN]
  • How do the Sabres fix this team? [ProHockeyTalk]
  • Brent Seabrook’s recovery time has been pegged at 5-6 months following surgery. [ProHockeyTalk]
  • The New Jersey Devils cannot bring back Alain Nasreddine next year. [All About the Jersey]
  • Does it matter if NHL agents find Columbus Blue Jackets general manager Jarmo Kekalainen disagreeable? [The Cannon]