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Wednesday Habs Headlines: Farewell to the Flower

In today’s links, tributes to Guy Lafleur pour in as Montreal bids farewell, the case for 31 to hang from the rafters, and the playoffs begin.

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NHL Legend Guy Lafleur Funeral Photo by Hong Wu/Getty Images

Montreal Canadiens news and notes

  • An emotional farewell to Guy Lafleur. [Montreal Gazette | CTV Montreal | Global News]
  • ‘That was Guy Lafleur, a superstar, but also one of the boys’. [The Athletic]
  • ‘Even if we never saw him play, we heard all the stories about him and consider him an example to follow.’ [Sportsnet]
  • Serge Savard recalls meeting then-rookie Lafleur in 1971. [Sportsnet (Video)]
  • ‘His impact touched three generations of Canadiens fans’: Geoff Molson on Guy Lafleur. [Sportsnet (Video)]
  • Lafleur was a special, irreplaceable friend to Larry Robinson. [Montreal Gazette]
  • Do Peter Mahovlich and Kirk Muller have cases for Hall of Fame induction? [Arctic Ice Hockey]
  • Should the Canadiens retire Carey Price’s number? [The Hockey Writers]

Around the league and elsewhere

  • The bandwagon-hopper’s guide to the 2022 Stanley Cup playoffs [Down Goes Brown]
  • How Bill Zito built the Florida Panthers into Stanley Cup contenders. [The Athletic]
  • The multitude of penalties called on day 1 of the playoffs did not go unnoticed. [The Hockey News]
  • Mike Yeo—having assumed the helm when Alain Vigneault was let go mid-season—will not return as Philadelphia Flyers head coach for next season. [TSN]
  • Samuel Morin will retire at age 26 due to knee injuries. [TSN]
  • What can a Game 1 result tell us about the rest of the series? [TSN]