Wednesday Habs Headlines: Antti Niemi would welcome an extension with the Canadiens

In today’s links, Niemi is interested in replicating what he enjoyed in Montreal, more on Lefebvre’s departure, one interesting option to replace him, and more.

Montreal Canadiens news and notes

  • Free agent Antti Niemi is open to returning to Montreal. [La Presse | Google Translate]
  • Sylvain Lefebvre was fired as the head coach of the Laval Rocket on Tuesday. [EOTP]
  • The termination of the Rocket bench boss was not unexpected, with four principal reasons determining Lefebvre’s fate. [The Athletic]
  • Lefebvre is a good man, but his departure is the correct move. [Montreal Gazette]
  • Dominique Ducharme is being hailed in the media as the heir apparent. [Journal de Montreal | Sportsnet]
  • However, Ducharme has been contacted by other clubs, but reportedly not the Canadiens. [RDS]
  • A look at the first season of the Laval Rocket — and the final season of Lefebvre’s tenure — by the numbers. [RDS]
  • Yet another voice echoing that the Canadiens need to take a lesson from the Toronto Maple Leafs. [Journal de Montreal]
  • Despite a trying season, Max Pacioretty feels like a Montrealer through and through. [Montreal Canadiens]
  • If the Canadiens aren’t interested in re-signing their captain, Pacioretty himself admits that a trade is the best option for the team. [The Athletic]
  • With the season barely over, the witch-hunt is in full effect for scapegoats. [The Hockey Writers]
  • Congratulations to Charles Hudon on the birth of his second child! [Montreal Canadiens]/

Around the league and elsewhere

  • Breaking down the New York Islanders off-season UFA situation. [The Athletic]
  • Jose Theodore thinks that Barry Trotz’s decision to go with Philipp Grubauer over Braden Holtby was a “suicidal bet.” [Journal de Montreal]
  • The Humboldt tragedy is weighing heavily on the hearts and minds of the long-distance bus drivers which fuel minor hockey. [The Athletic]
  • The Anaheim Ducks lost their nerve and their discipline in an embarrasing third period on Monday night to go down 3-0 to the San Jose Sharks [Sportsnet].
  • The Minnesota Wild will be without Zach Parise, as he is week-to-week with a broken sternum. [ESPN]
  • The Calgary Flames have fired head coach Glen Gulutzan and assistants Dave Cameron and Paul Jerrard [Sportsnet]
  • A look at top-10 prospect Joe Veleno. [Journal de Montreal]
  • The true story behind the Capitals “puck girl.” [ESPN]
  • Pavel Datsyuk has signed a one year extension with SKA St. Petersburg of the KHL. [Dan Milstein]/
  • Ak Bars Kazan leads CSKA Moscow 2-0 in the Gagarin Cup Final largely thanks to the efforts of two Canadians: Justin Azevedo and Rob Klinkhammer. [KHL]/

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