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In today’s links, the Kotkaniemi question continues to burn brightly, could Jonathan Drouin be moved back to the middle, and are the Carolina Hurricanes now NHL “villains”?

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Montreal Canadiens news and notes

  • Why Justin Bourne thinks that the Jesperi Kotkaniemi offer sheet makes sense. [Sportsnet]
  • By the offer sheet, Stu Cowan argues that the Carolina Hurricanes are showing more confidence in Kotkaniemi than the Canadiens. [Montreal Gazette]
  • Exploring both sides of the Kotkaniemi dilemma. [The Athletic | RDS]
  • Is moving Jonathan Drouin back to centre a viable option? [A Winning Habit]
  • The Habs are releasing NFT digital collectibles celebrating their 2021 playoff run. [Sportsnet]

Around the league and elsewhere

  • Canada has won the IIHF World Women’s Championships for the first time since 2012, downing the USA 3-2 in overtime. [Sportsnet]
  • Hockey is returning to the University of Alaska Anchorage after donors, including the Seattle Kraken, raised over $3 million. [Sportsnet]
  • How the movie Air Force One allowed the Colorado Avalanche to retain Joe Sakic during the summer of 1997. [Yahoo! Sports]
  • Have the Hurricanes trolled themselves to “heel” status—that is, become villains of the NHL? [The Athletic]
  • The Cincinnati Cyclones of the ECHL hire Jason Payne, who becomes only current Black head coach in North American pro hockey. [ESPN]