Friday Habs Headlines: Artturi Lehkonen is due for an offensive breakout in the second half

In today’s headlines, Lehkonen is primed for an outburst, Terry just wants to win, Habs prospects’ teams load up, the men’s Olympic team is announced, and more.

Montreal Canadiens news and notes

  • Artturi Lehkonen is one of the players due for an offensive explosion in the second half of the season. [Sportsnet]
  • Chris Terry isn’t concerned about his stats. He just wants his team to do well, and that includes not only making the post-season, but taking a run at a Calder Cup. []
  • Joni Ikonen has slowly, steadily been getting more involved in the offence this season. He was able to show off some of his skills in yesterday’s game:/
  • Some of the top trades made ahead of the CHL trade deadline will have several Habs prospects primed for deep post-season runs. Get a breakdown of some of the most notable moves. [Sportsnet]
  • Michael Pezzetta made an immediate impact with his new team, the Sarnia Sting:/
  • In case you missed it yesterday, we highlighted community member Silvertip’s fanpost arguing against a tank. [EOTP]/

Around the league and elsewhere

  • Look no further than the Buffalo Sabres for a case where a top draft position didn’t lead to a turnaround. [Sporting News]
  • Or the disastrous season that serves as Exhibit B in Edmonton. [NBC Sports]
  • ISS Hockey has released its January list of the top 31 draft prospects. [ISS]
  • Tom Dundon will become the new owner of the Carolina Hurricanes. [Canes Country]
  • The team that will represent Canada at the Winter Olympics has been revealed, with several former Habs on the roster. [Hockey Canada]
  • A year after his hockey career was put in jeopardy after a broken neck in the KHL, Wojtek Wolski is going to play in the Olympics. [Instagram]
  • The Vegas Golden Knights are dealing with a claim of trademark infringement for their nickname. []
  • Yesterday the newest franchise released a statement on the situation. [TSN]
  • With Auston Matthews due a massive contract once his entry-level deal expires. would the Toronto Maple Leafs be better off to trade him instead? [ESPN]
  • Jessica Platt announced recently that she was transgender, becoming the first person on a Canadian professional sports team to do so. [Instagram]
  • Katie Barnes has the story of the Toronto Furies player. [ESPN]/

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