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Wednesday Habs Headlines: Jonathan Drouin is closing in on a return

In today’s links, Drouin is getting ready to jump back in the action, looking at why things went so poorly in Wisconsin, Norlinder adds some offence, and more.

NHL: Toronto Maple Leafs at Montreal Canadiens Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sports

Montreal Canadiens news and notes

  • Jonathan Drouin is getting close to returning to the lineup. [TSN]
  • Perhaps that’s why Lukas Vejdemo was returned to Laval after scoring his first NHL goal last night. [EOTP]
  • The University of Wisconsin loaded up on talent, including Canadiens prospect Cole Caufield, but had a miserable season. Now the post mortem begins. [Wisconsin State Journal]
  • Despite joining a team that is now going to miss the playoffs, Ben Chiarot is still happy with his decision to sign in Montreal as a free agent. [Montreal Gazette]
  • Mattias Norlinder is doing his part to get Modo back up to the SHL:
  • A look at some of the top nicknames in the history of sports, including those of the Brothers Richard. [McGill Tribune]

Around the league and elsewhere

  • After needing 90 stitches in his eyelid after catching Artturi Lehkonen’s skate, Johnny Boychuk has returned to practice. []
  • Should the NHL consider adding a play-in game to finalize its wild-card spots? [ESPN]
  • Paul Henderson’s goal at the 1972 Summit Series was bigger than Sidney Crosby’s Golden Goal, says Sidney Crosby. []
  • On Sunday night, the Colorado Avalanche will have an intriguing emergency backup goaltender: Baseball Hall-of-Famer Larry Walker. [Sportsnet]