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Saturday Habs Headlines: Putting Jesperi Kotkaniemi’s season performance in context

In today’s links, what Joel Edmundson brings to the team, what Marc Bergevin might need to do and the resurgence of Russian goaltending.

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Toronto Maple Leafs v Montreal Canadiens Photo by Chase Agnello-Dean/NHLI via Getty Images

Montreal Canadiens news and notes

  • Where does Jesperi Kotkaniemi’s performance rank among his peers this season? [NHL]
  • Joel Edmundson brings some well needed physicality to the Canadiens blue line. [Sportsnet]
  • Edmundson is also confident that he can help boost Montreal’s defence not only through his size, but with his skating ability as well. [Montreal Gazette]
  • Here are six forwards who the Canadiens could potentially be looking at. [TVA Sports]
  • Should Marc Bergevin look to the Chicago Blackhawks as potential trade partners? [TSN 690]

Around the league and elsewhere

  • Dallas Stars goaltender Anton Khudobin has been the surprise story of this year’s NHL playoffs. [Yahoo! Sports]
  • This year’s postseason has also highlighted the resurgence of Russian goaltending. [USA Today]
  • The Minnesota Wild will lose a familiar face, as the team intends to no re-sign long time captain Mikko Koivu. [Hockey Wilderness]
  • Teams looking to acquire Oliver Ekman-Larsson should realize it is a risky proposition. [TSN]
  • The IIHF have confirmed that Edmonton will be hosting the 2021 World Junior Championships, albeit it without any fans. [CBC]