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Tuesday Habs Headlines: It’s Official

Montreal clinches their playoff berth, Perry the Habs’ Masterton nominee, Jack Eichel’s future, Mathieu Joseph, Gemel Smith, and Daniel Walcott united to make history in Tampa Bay, Towes and McDavid’s seasons (or lack thereof) and more in today’s links

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Montreal Canadiens News and Notes

  • The Montreal Canadiens are officially playoff bound. [Twitter]
  • When Price returns, just how close to top-notch is he going to be? [TSN]
  • Everyone is under scrutiny for playoff positions as the Habs reach their final regular season games. [TSN]
  • Corey Perry’s dedication and attitude have made him the Canadiens’ Masterton nominee. [The Athletic | NHL]
  • The Canadian teams are pleased for their friends and families in the States, where COVID restrictions are lifting, but also wistful as restrictions remain in place in Canada. [TSN]
  • Neither Gallagher nor Price will be back before playoffs. [TSN]
  • The Canadiens and the rest of the North Division are likely to find themselves finishing the regular season still while the rest of the league starts the playoffs. [NHL]

Around the League and Elsewhere

  • A disgruntled Jack Eichel is contemplating his future — one that might potentially see him leaving Buffalo. [Yahoo Sports | TSN | Sportsnet | NHL | The Athletic]
  • If Buffalo intends to trade Eichel, this is the time to do it. [Sportsnet]
  • Rasmus Ristolainen says he would be equally happy to stay in Buffalo or to be traded. [TSN]
  • Although he filed for bankruptcy, Evander Kane doesn’t consider this his hardest year personally. He sees it as the beginning of something new. [TSN | Sportsnet | The Athletic]
  • Ellen Hughes, Mercedes Robertson, and Valma Carter share what it means to have their sons in the NHL. [NBC Sports]
  • Mathieu Joseph, Gemel Smith, and Daniel Walcott made history when they were united on an all-Black line, a rare and important moment for representation in the league, especially as they play for Tampa Bay, who is coming off one Stanley Cup win, and is in pursuit of another. Their coach, Jon Cooper, hopes that such lines will become a regular sight around the league. [NHL | ESPN | CBC | The Athletic]
  • A lot is up in the air for Columbus, including Seth Jones’ return. [NHL]
  • Reviewing the numbers behind Connor McDavid’s astounding season. [The Hockey News]
  • The Flyers are offering free tickets and merch to their fans in an effort to bring the COVID vaccine to more people. [ESPN]
  • Jonathan Toews might not be the most talented or most prolific member of the Chicago Blackhawks, but his absence was keenly felt this year — but as weird as it sounds, his absence might actually have helped them build an identity. [The Athletic]