Saturday Habs Headlines: Montreal needs quality centres

Your daily links, addressing Montreal’s need up the middle, peeking ahead at the upcoming entry draft, adorable Habs families, prospects playing at the MemCup, Canadiennes invited to Olympic camp and more!

Montreal Canadiens News and Notes

  • The Montreal Canadiens need a dominating top centre, it’s the biggest weakness in the current lineup. Without a top centre, the Habs will have a hard time winning a Stanley Cup. [RDS]
  • Marc Bergevin will also need to have a solid draft this summer - a subject which Bob McKenzie weighs in on for the Morning Show. [TSN 690]
  • Drafting at 25 doesn’t mean one cannot select a noteworthy player, there’s been lots of late first round picks who turned out to be good players. [La Presse]
  • Recent acquisition Antoine Waked joined Tony Marinaro and talked about the season he had, as well as his versatility to play anywhere. [TSN 690]
  • Andrew Shaw, like most hockey players, has a dedicated and selfless hockey mom. [Canadiens]
  • Jeff Petry’s family welcomes another tiny addition. [Canadiens]
  • Meanwhile, Carey Price continues to focus on a brilliant summer plan. [Carey Price]
  • Former Habs forward Guillaume Latendresse is the new youngest plaintiff against the NHL in the concussions case. [Rick Westhead]
  • As the AHL plans for its next season, the Rocket de Laval now know who their division rivals will be, with alignment now confirmed. [Rocket]
  • Habs fans have three players of particular interest to watch at the Memorial Cup. [Journal de Montréal]
  • ICYMI: A pair of Les Canadiennes stars were selected to Canada’s Olympic camp roster. [Habs EOTP]/

Around the League and Elsewhere

  • Alexander Ovechkin took a lot of heat for his unusually subtle performances in the playoffs. As it turns out, the scoring machine was dealing with lingering injuries. [Yahoo! Sports]
  • What do Phil Kessel and Hulk Hogan have in common? Lots, if you’re the Penguins’ Jake Guentzel. [The Players’ Tribune]
  • The Dallas Stars have signed goaltender Ben Bishop for the next six years. [Defending Big D]
  • Anaheim’s franchise depth is quite impressive when you consider their NHL and AHL clubs are still both playing. [Josh Cooper]/
  • Jonathan Bernier’s son might not fit in all his gear yet, and he’ll make your heart not fit in its spot either. [NHLPA]/
  • P.K. Subban’s Nashville Predators are still forging ahead in the playoffs, but the former Canadiens superstar hasn’t forgotten his ties to Montreal. [Journal de Montréal]
  • Upcoming free agent Kevin Shattenkirk says he wants to be a number one defenceman next year. [TSN]
  • Joel Eriksson Ek’s next big challenge is to become a regular roster player for the Minnesota Wild. [Hockey Wilderness]
  • Former NHL stud Tomas Kaberle is still playing hockey in Toronto, but misses the big league. [Sportsnet]
  • The Hearst Lumberjacks are a new team whose logo pays tribute to hometown hero Claude Giroux. [Sportsnet]/

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