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Thursday Habs Headlines: Cole Caufield a top-10 finalist for Hobey Baker Award

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In today’s links, Ouellet is eager to show what he can offer the Canadiens, mid-season grades, Caufield on the shortlist for Hobey-Baker Trophy, Crosby asks for clarification from NHL, and more.

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Montreal Canadiens News and Notes

  • Cole Caufield is a finalist for the Hobey-Baker Trophy, the award given to the best university player in the United States each year. [HobeyBaker.com]
  • Xavier Ouellet enjoyed partnering with Alexander Romanov during his first game of the season and is eager to see what the pairing can bring to the table. [Canadiens]
  • And while he’s at it, Ouellet wants to prove he can help make up for the loss of Ben Chiarot who’s recovering from hand surgery. [Journal de Montreal]
  • Who’s the best surprise and biggest disappointment for the first half of the season and what’s the biggest question for the second half? [Sportsnet]

Around the League and Elsewhere

  • Having hit game number 12 in their losing streak, the Buffalo Sabres finally had enough and fired their coach, Ralph Krueger. [TSN]
  • But that was just the first step that the Sabres need to take. [NHL]
  • Like many of us, Sidney Crosby is asking the NHL for clarity on what exactly qualifies an illegal hit after three similar hits were awarded three different results. [Pittsburgh Hockey Now]
  • Looks like Alex Galchenyuk will soon be getting a chance to show what he can offer the Toronto Maple Leafs. [Sportsnet]
  • There was some North Divison waiver-claiming action on Wednesday that saw Vancouver scoop up Jimmy Vesey from Toronto and the Senators snag Anton Forsberg from the Jets. [Sportsnet]