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Friday Habs Headlines: Martin St. Louis’s first speedbump?

In today’s links, the bloom is off the St. Louis boom, checking in on two Habs prospects, and should the NHL expand the playoffs?

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Montreal Canadiens news and notes

  • The Habs current on-ice struggles are good for Martin St. Louis. [A Winning Habit]
  • The media honeymoon might be over though for the interim bench boss. [The Hockey Writers]
  • Carey Price’s return has been met by a familiar refrain: a lack of goal support. [La Presse]
  • Bloc Québécois politician Denis Trudel is upset (per usual) that Price cannot speak French in interviews. [Cult MTL]
  • Price and Paul Byron are pulling strength from their families amid a trying season. [Montreal Gazette]
  • There was a special event at the Bell Centre Wednesday night with the Canadiens’ new management team inviting members of the team’s alumni to a meet-and-greet dinner. [Montreal Gazette]
  • Kaiden Guhle is one of the nominees for WHL Defenceman of the Year. [WHL]
  • The quiet excellence of Riley Kidney. [RDS]

Around the league and elsewhere

  • Why the NHL should expand the NHL playoffs. [ESPN]
  • Quebec hockey fans share their memories of Mike Bossy. [La Presse]
  • A leader on and off the ice, Luke Prokop is working to make hockey a more welcoming and inclusive sport, and to bring a Memorial Cup home to Edmonton. [Sportsnet]
  • ‘It’s almost like the game has been reinvented’: Players, coaches and GMs on the NHL’s scoring boom. [The Athletic]
  • How Oskar Lindblom’s remarkable recovery now comforts a beloved Flyers trainer facing his own battle with cancer. [The Athletic]
  • The Seattle Kraken should pursue Charlie Lindgren in free agency. [The Hockey Writers]
  • The NHL has no plans to ban Russian players from the entry draft. [TSN]
  • Analyzing the Buffalo Sabres re-rebuild, started before the conclusion of the original rebuild. [La Presse]
  • Blake Wheeler talks about the Winnipeg Jets’ disappointing season. [Daily Faceoff]
  • The love affair between Swiss hockey fans and Roman Josi. [NHL]
  • The Columbus Blue Jackets are caught in an awkward position between reloading for a playoff push and starting over this offseason. [ProHockeyTalk]
  • The Arizona Coyotes announced ticket prices for the 2022-23 season at their new Arizona State University arena (capacity 5,000). [ESPN]
  • Four pending free agents who could bolster their stock with what’s left of the season. [The Hockey News]
  • Ten players who need a big showing at the U-18 World Championships. [The Hockey News]