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Wednesday Habs Headlines: Merrill meets Montreal

In today’s links, Jon Merrill is looking forward to meaningful hockey, the reviews are in for Marc Bergevin’s deadline dealing, and breaking down the Mantha-Vrana trade.

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Montreal Canadiens news and notes

  • Newcomer Jon Merrill is looking forward to playing meaningful hockey. [Montreal Gazette]
  • Merrill doesn’t know where he fits into this roster quite yet, but he’s fine with that. [La Presse]
  • The addition of Merrill and Erik Gustafsson means there’s ample competition for Habs blueliners, but Brett Kulak isn’t complaining. [RDS]
  • Dominique Ducharme is advocating patience for everyone clamoring to see Cole Caufield in the Tricolore. [La Presse]
  • Ducharme is treading a careful path, navigating the needs of veterans and rookies alike, all with the “interim” tag hanging over him. [La Presse]
  • Marc Bergevin’s “petite monnaie” acquisitions at the deadline won’t be enough to overcome the three teams ahead of them in the division come playoff time, says Alexandre Pratt. [La Presse]
  • Bergevin made the right decision though by not giving up a major asset. [RDS]
  • Joel Armia has been cleared to return to the lineup, while Ben Chiarot is close. [RDS]
  • Ryan Poehling joins Marc Dumont to talk about what he’s learned this year. [History in the Making (Podcast)]
  • Turtlenecks, tennis, and the Extraliga: Tomas Plekanec talks about his career and beyond. [The Alumni Lounge (Podcast)]

Around the league and elsewhere

  • Renting out cap space for draft picks is a trend that’s here to stay, says Pierre LeBrun. [The Athletic]
  • Fit vs. value or: why Nick Foligno cost more than Taylor Hall. [The Athletic]
  • After playing the same few teams all season, being dealt gives players a chance to face fresh opposition. [La Presse]
  • Breaking down the Anthony Mantha-Jakub Vrana blockbuster. [Sportsnet]
  • The 2021 Memorial Cup has been cancelled. [TSN]
  • The Canadian national women’s team has had nine coaches in the last decade. Can Troy Ryan improve the fortunes of a team that hasn’t won a World Championship since 2012? [TSN]
  • What sort of contract should the Columbus Blue Jackets offer Patrik Laine? [TSN]
  • There are several college players who have an opportunity to make an impact on the conclusion of the 2021 NHL season. [ProHockeyTalk]