Wednesday Habs Headlines: Is Jesperi Kotkaniemi ready for the NHL?

In today’s links, can Kotkaniemi be NHL-ready? Olofsson and Reilly hope to contribute, and Jayna Hefford works to unite North American pro women’s hockey.

Montreal Canadiens news and notes

  • Is Jesperi Kotkaniemi NHL-ready? [The Hockey Writers]
  • Jacob Olofsson is hoping to strengthen the Habs down the middle. []
  • Mike Reilly is hoping to be a key contributor to the power play next season. [Montreal Canadiens]
  • Les Canadiennes wants to know if you’ve signed up for the CWHL’s annual Rinks to Links golf tournament yet. [Les Canadiennes]/

Around the league and elsewhere

  • The ex-NHL players filing lawsuits against the NHL will not appeal a judge’s decision to deny the players’ motion to proceed as a class action - meaning that any further legal action will be conducted on an individual-by-individual basis. [TSN]
  • Toronto Maple Leafs goaltending coach Steve Briere is a man with a plan, and offers some insight into how to handle the most enigmatic players in the game. [Sportsnet]
  • Chuck Kaiton, the radio play-by-play voice of the Hartford Whalers/Carolina Hurricanes for 39 years, has left the position after refusing a significant pay cut. [ProHockeyTalk]
  • Austin Watson pleads no contest to his domestic assault charge. [ESPN]
  • Even in the offseason, there are teams rightfully labled as pretenders and contenders. What about the teams that could go either way? [Sportsnet]
  • New CWHL interim commissioner Jayna Hefford is working on uniting the two North American professional women’s hockey leagues. [Sportsnet]
  • Brooks Orpik is returning to the Washington Capitals after being bought out by the Colorado Avalanche - at a significantly reduced cap hit. [TSN]
  • Going beyond mere success/failure percentages when analyzing penalty kill and power play efficiency. [TSN]/

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