Wednesday Habs Headlines: Filling in for the captain

In today’s links, looking at who will step up in Pacioretty’s absence, Valiev makes his debut for the Habs, and Plekanec adjusts to the Blue and White.

Montreal Canadiens news and notes

  • Who will step up and fill the leadership void in Max Pacioretty’s absence? []
  • Antti Niemi is your Molson Cup winner for the month of February. []
  • Jose Theodore thinks that the image of the Canadiens has rarely been this bad. [Journal de Montreal]
  • Carey Price will rejoin the Habs when he’s healthy, regardless of the standings. [The Athletic]
  • With the captain’s knee injury, have we seen the last of Max Pacioretty in the bleu-blanc-et-rouge? [Journal de Montreal]
  • From an ex-member of the Habs organization to a current one, Tim Bozon wished Rinat Valiev luck before his debut for the Tricolore. [Tim Bozon]/

Around the league and elsewhere:

  • Does your team have to be playoff-bound for you to be an Hart Trophy candidate? [TSN (Video)]
  • Brady Tkachuk watched the Habs practice at Boston University, wondering if he was watching one of the teams that might draft him this summer. [The Athletic]
  • Brock Boeser’s season is over after a soft-tissue injury suffered Monday night. [TSN]
  • Pierre McGuire is the newest addition to the Hockey Hall of Fame Selection Committee, replacing the outgoing Scotty Bowman. [TSN]
  • Daniel Briere talks about starting an ECHL team and choosing Philadelphia over Montreal in 2007. [The Athletic]
  • Tomas Plekanec says he “can’t erase 15 years just over a day or two” as he adjusts to Toronto. [Sportsnet]
  • As he prepares to undoubtedly be inducted into the HHoF in 2018, Martin Brodeur is proud of his roots. [Journal de Montreal]
  • Patrik Laine talks about striving to match and exceed his idol, Alex Ovechkin. [ESPN]
  • After 16 professional seasons, Jonathan Cheechoo has announced his retirement. [TSN]
  • Two generations of Emiratis are linked by a passion for hockey, as the UAE looks to further develop its hockey program. [IIHF]
  • Shayne Gostisbehere met with the Florida state champions Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School hockey team after the Flyers played the Panthers. [Philadelphia Flyers]/

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