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Thursday Habs Headlines: Jordie Benn’s benching signals a bigger problem with the defence

Montreal Canadiens news and notes

  • Jordie Benn isn’t the first Canadiens defenceman to struggle in a role where he doesn’t quite fit, and he likely will not be the last. [Montreal Gazette]
  • Sitting in the press box while his team played against the St. Louis Blues was a wake-up call for Benn. [TVA Sports]
  • Pierre McGuire didn’t hesitate to call out Montreal’s rough performance in St. Louis on Tuesday. [TSN 690]
  • Habs players joined the conversation on Wednesday in support of #BellLetsTalk day./

  • Shea Weber’s value may have already dropped since the Habs acquired him in the summer of 2016. [TSN]
  • Since making the jump to the AHL this season, Antoine Waked has been adjusting to the different roles and expectations. [Canadiens]/

Around the league and elsewhere

  • Gary Bettman may be remembered for the lockouts, but that’s certainly not all he’s accomplished during his time as NHL Commissioner. [Toronto Star]
  • Elliotte Friedman is already looking ahead to next year’s All-Star Game, and the potential for bringing Jaromir Jagr back. [31 Thoughts]
  • Having your alone time interrupted isn’t so bad when you’re joined by Sidney Crosby. [La Presse]
  • Eugene Melynk used the word “unfortunate” to describe public reaction to his December comment that hinted at moving the Senators out of Ottawa. [TSN]
  • Now under new ownership, the Carolina Hurricanes are trying all kinds of new promotions to get fans to attend the games. [Canes Country]
  • Mike Fisher is coming back to the NHL after only five months of retirement./

  • John Tavares has said he’s not eager to leave the Islanders, but he may not be so keen on staying, either. [Sportsnet (video)]/

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