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Thursday Habs Headlines: Jake Allen is embracing the upcoming series against Toronto

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In today’s links, Allen’s excited about the upcoming playoffs against the Leafs, Kotkaniemi needs to start playing, Kraken signs their first player, and more.

Toronto Maple Leafs v Montreal Canadiens Photo by Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images

Montreal Canadiens News and Notes

  • Jake Allen is fully embracing the upcoming playoff series against Toronto. [TSN]
  • Maple Leafs’ defenceman Travis Dermott is pretty pumped about it the showdown too. [TSN]
  • Heading into the final game of the season Dominique Ducharme said that Jesperi Kotkaneimi has to start “making strong plays”. [Sportsnet]
  • With the Habs-Leafs meeting in the 2021 playoffs, hockey finally corrects its mistake after 28 years. [Deadspin]
  • Rafaël Harvey-Pinard signed a two-year entry-level contract with the Canadiens on Wednesday. [EOTP]

Around the League and Elsewhere

  • The Boston Bruins will ‘try and get something done’ with Taylor Hall’s contract before he becomes an unrestricted free agent. [NHL]
  • It’s been 42 years since the Maple Leafs met the Canadiens in the playoffs but Toronto is still focusing on the present instead of the upcoming historic event. [Sportsnet]
  • Hockey Canada announces 28 invitees to try out for the 2022 Olympic women’s hockey team. [CBC]
  • After missing the playoffs, the New York Ranger's new GM Chris Drury fired coach David Quinn and three assistant coaches on Wednesday. [Sportsnet]
  • The Seattle Kraken signed the first player in franchise history Wednesday. [CBC]