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Wednesday Habs Headlines: Phillip Danault wants to play an offensive role, too

In today’s links, the Canadiens’ top centre (for now) says he won’t be satisfied with a purely defensive role, Brett Kulak thinks the Habs have taken a big step, and reaction to the Kasperi Kapanen trade.

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NHL: Eastern Conference Qualifications-Montreal Canadiens vs Pittsburgh Penguins Handout Photo-USA TODAY Sports

Montreal Canadiens news and notes

  • Phillip Danault won’t be satisfied with just being a defensive centre. [Montreal Gazette | RDS]
  • It’s unclear though if Danault will have a choice, given the surge by Nick Suzuki and Jesperi Kotkaniemi. [Radio-Canada]
  • Brett Kulak thinks that the Canadiens have taken an important step with their playoff run. [RDS]
  • Marc Bergevin has a busy offseason coming up. [Montreal Gazette]
  • Arpon Basu and Marc-Antoine Godin outline exactly how Bergevin can capitalize on an unprecedented offseason. [The Athletic]
  • There’s always been reasons to be proud of Alex Belzile, no matter where he’s been on his journey to the NHL. [RDS]

Around the league and elsewhere

  • ICYMI: the news of yesterday was the trade that sent Kasperi Kapanen to the Pittsburgh Penguins. [TSN]
  • Toronto Maple Leafs GM Kyle Dubas explains why he dealt the Finnish forward. [The Athletic]
  • The trade sets Toronto up for more moves this offseason. [Sportsnet]
  • In acquiring Kapanen, Jim Rutherford continues to demonstrate an “all-in” mentality. [The Athletic]
  • The Pens might be hoping that Kapanen becomes the next Jason Zucker. [Pensburgh]
  • Rutherford also mentioned that interest already exists for Matt Murray and Tristan Jarry. [TSN]
  • The league has fined John Tortorella $25,000 for his abrupt press conferences during the Columbus Blue Jackets’ series against the Tampa Bay Lightning. [TSN]
  • Looking at playoff performers—including a few ex-Habs—who have overwhelmed and underwhelmed. [The Athletic]
  • Jordie Benn opens up about becoming a dad five days before entering the bubble. [The Athletic]
  • Sizing up the field for an unprecedented free agent frenzy. [TSN]
  • Marking 40 years since the remarkable defection of the Statsny brothers. [Radio-Canada]