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

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]