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Friday Habs Headlines: A Farewell to The General

In today’s links, Andrei Markov retires from professional hockey, Ben Chiarot thinks Montreal is a good spot for free agents, and Akim Aliu believes in second chances for Bill Peters.

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Montreal Canadiens news and notes

  • Andrei Markov has announced his retirement from professional hockey, according to his agent. [TSN | La Presse]
  • Assessing the Habs’ top AHL talent, starting with Jesperi Kotkaniemi. [The Athletic]
  • Ben Chiarot says Montreal is a good place for free agents. []
  • Chiarot may have to continue developing his offensive game next season, given that the Habs don’t appear to have goal-scoring reinforcements on the blueline for next year. [La Presse]
  • Could Alexander Romanov be a blend of Darius Kasparitis and Dmitry Orlov? [RDS]
  • Shea Weber is letting it go and working on his French while at home. [RDS]

Around the league and elsewhere

  • Responding to Bill Peters being hired by a KHL team, Akim Aliu is a believer in second chances. [Sportsnet]
  • Brad Marchand claims to not talk trash anymore on the ice. [TheScore]
  • Gary Bettman is “hilarious” according to P.K. Subban. [ESPN]
  • The St. Louis Blues signed Marco Scandella to a four-year contract with an AAV of $3.275 million. The Canadiens will now receive an additional fourth-rounder in 2021.
  • How teams are handling draft preparations from a distance. [31 Thoughts]
  • Wayne Gretzky will face off against Alex Ovechkin in an NHL 20 series for charity. [Sportsnet]