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Wednesday Habs Headlines: Suzuki’s new linemates should be a positive influence

In today’s links, how Mike Hoffman and Brendan Gallagher can get Nick Suzuki going, Jonathan Drouin describes Shea Weber as de facto retired, and the investigation into the Chicago Blackhawks sexual abuse allegations presents its findings.

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Montreal Canadiens news and notes

  • Nick Suzuki should benefit from his new linemates Mike Hoffman and Brendan Gallagher. [Montreal Gazette]
  • Jonathan Drouin offered comments implying that Shea Weber is de facto retired. [The Hockey News | RDS]
  • The Canadiens issued a statement stating Weber still remains an active player currently on the long-term injured reserve.
  • With several struggling or rebuilding teams ahead of them on their West Coast road trip, this is a chance for the Canadiens to re-orient their season. [The Hockey Writers]
  • Michael McNiven bears his heart about his position within the Canadiens organization. [RDS]
  • The last time that the Canadiens visited Seattle, it was also during a pandemic. [ProHockeyTalk]
  • With “the help of community leaders and experts,” the Montreal Canadiens have changed the wording of the Indigenous land acknowledgement to be made prior to home games. [Montreal Gazette]

Around the league and elsewhere

  • The Chicago Blackhawks have released the findings of an independent investigation stemming from allegations of sexual assault by a video coach against two players in 2010. [Full Text of Report]
  • As a result of the investigation, all Blackhawks executives present in 2010 have left the organization, including general manager Stan Bowman. [Second City Hockey]
  • Bowman has also stepped down from his role as GM of the 2022 US men’s Olympic team. [Sportsnet]
  • The Blackhawks were also fined $2 million by the NHL. [NHL.com]
  • A full timeline of these and other allegations surrounding the Blackhawks organization can be found here. [TSN]
  • The futures of Joel Quenneville and Kevin Cheveldayoff, found by the investigation to have known about the incident(s) despite prior public attestations to the contrary, remain unclear. [TSN]
  • As a member of that organization in 2010, Marc Bergevin offered testimony for the Chicago Blackhawks sexual assault investigation, but was not named in the final report. [La Presse]
  • The Blackhawks traded accountability for championships, writes Adam Proteau. [The Hockey News]
  • The Columbus Blue Jackets and Nationwide Arena security are attempting to identify a fan who apparently taunted Elvis Merzlikins on Monday by referencing the death of Matiss Kivlenieks. [Sportsnet | The Athletic]
  • The road for the Canadian women’s national hockey team is still long, despite recent success against the USA. [CBC]