Saturday Habs Headlines: Jonathan Drouin is improving as a centre, but there’s still a long way to go

In today’s links, breaking down Drouin’s performance this season, Molson speaks about Bergevin and the rest of the personnel, questions about the priorities of the medical staff, and more.

Montreal Canadiens news and notes

  • There are some improvements, but still several areas Jonathan Drouin will need to see significant improvement in if he is to become a reliable centre option. [RDS | Google Translate]
  • If you missed it yesterday, Geoff Molson talked about the poor season from his team, indicating that all facets of the organization will be evaluated in the off-season. [EOTP]
  • Carey Price isn’t giving up on a return to the ice before the end of the season just yet. [Sportsnet]
  • Alex Galchenyuk is feeling more like himself now that he’s confident in the health of his knee. He stated that he re-injured it last year by coming back before it was healed. [Montreal Gazette]
  • His situation is one of several cases that raise some concerns about the approach of the Canadiens’ medical team. [Montreal Gazette]
  • Steve Begin served as the Canadiens’ representative as the team welcomed Belgium’s King Philippe and Queen Mathilde to Montreal. [Canadiens]
  • Begin has been doing a lot of work with the alumni in his retirement, among other things. [EOTP]
  • An alumni game in Sarnia rasied tousands of dollars for the Derek Bauer Foundation for Suicide Prevention. [Sarnia This Week]
  • Jeff Petry takes you on a tour of his Montreal home. []
  • Hilary Knight speaks about growing the women’s game and her decision to rejoin the CWHL after claiming gold in PyeongChang. [Sporting News]
  • After a loss in the first game of a best-of-three semifinal series, the Les Canadiennes player is focused on just one thing:/

Around the league and elsewhere

  • The chance to compete for a Stanley Cup is something Ilya Kovalchuk is not willing to pass on, intent on resuming his career in the NHL in search of a championship. [TSN]
  • Not a single NHL coach has been fired that season. But teams may just be waiting until the end of the year to change their personnel behind the bench. [TSN]
  • The individual NHL Awards ballots from members of the Professional Hockey Writers Association will be released to the public after the event. [PHWA]
  • The life story of Václav Nedomanský, one of the best — and most courageous — players from the former Czechoslovakia, is being told in a movie. You can see the trailer here:/

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