Saturday Habs Headlines: Putting Jesperi Kotkaniemi’s season performance in context

In today’s links, what Joel Edmundson brings to the team, what Marc Bergevin might need to do and the resurgence of Russian goaltending.

Montreal Canadiens news and notes

  • Where does Jesperi Kotkaniemi’s performance rank among his peers this season? [NHL]
  • Joel Edmundson brings some well needed physicality to the Canadiens blue line. [Sportsnet]
  • Edmundson is also confident that he can help boost Montreal’s defence not only through his size, but with his skating ability as well. [Montreal Gazette]
  • Here are six forwards who the Canadiens could potentially be looking at. [TVA Sports]
  • Should Marc Bergevin look to the Chicago Blackhawks as potential trade partners? [TSN 690]/

Around the league and elsewhere

  • Dallas Stars goaltender Anton Khudobin has been the surprise story of this year’s NHL playoffs. [Yahoo! Sports]
  • This year’s postseason has also highlighted the resurgence of Russian goaltending. [USA Today]
  • The Minnesota Wild will lose a familiar face, as the team intends to no re-sign long time captain Mikko Koivu. [Hockey Wilderness]
  • Teams looking to acquire Oliver Ekman-Larsson should realize it is a risky proposition. [TSN]
  • The IIHF have confirmed that Edmonton will be hosting the 2021 World Junior Championships, albeit it without any fans. [CBC]/

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