Thursday Habs Headlines: Jesperi Kotkaniemi doesn’t appear to be going anywhere

Here are your daily links, including Jesperi Kotankiemi’s value at the NHL level, the Habs’ prospect depth, the perennial 10-game question, and more.

Montreal Canadiens news and notes

  • While many other prospects may be headed back to juniors or overseas before they hit ten NHL games, Jesperi Kotkaniemi has made himself invaluable to the Habs, leading a promising pool of new and future Canadiens. [Sportsnet]
  • With Kotkaniemi fitting so well with his NHL club, his old team in Finland (coached by his father) should probably start looking for a new centre. [The Athletic]
  • The Habs put 40 shots on net against the Flames on Tuesday (nearly doubling Calgary’s 23-shot effort), and Matthew Tkachuk wasn’t too happy about the 3-2 loss. [TSN]
  • Brampton is excited to have Etienne Marcoux on board./

Around the league and elsewhere

  • As a team with several young players soon to hit their 10-game mark, the New York Rangers have decisions to make regarding prospect development. [Blueshirt Banter]
  • Brian Boyle shared that he is officially in remission after being diagnosed with chronic myeloid leukemia last year. [NHL]
  • The Carolina Hurricanes are finally starting off their season on a high note. [Canes Country]
  • Fewer NHL general managers are finding “second chance” GM jobs after being fired—in fact, the majority of current NHL GMs have never held the position before. [The Athletic]
  • Ottawa’s Mark Borowiecki received a one-game suspension for elbowing Urho Vaakanainen in the Senators’ loss to Boston earlier this week. [TSN]/

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