Tuesday Habs Headlines: Shea Weber’s impact on the Nashville Predators

Shea Weber is the story as the Habs head to Nashville, so buckle up, your daily links have everyone’s coverage of what is sure to be an emotional homecoming - but there’s tons more, also!

Montreal Canadiens Shea Weber News and Notes

  • Shea Weber played 11 seasons with the Predators; on Tuesday he will play his first game in enemy colours in Nashville. [NHL]
  • Brendan Gallagher knows the Nashville crowd will appreciate Weber’s visit. [TSN 690]
  • Weber’s return is bound to be emotional, he is considered the most important player in Predators history. [Tennessean]
  • Here’s a glimpse at what he’s done for Nashville in the post-season. [Eric Engels]/
  • Weber answered questions about how he felt on the eve on his first game back at Bridgestone Arena. [TSN]
  • Nashville GM David Poile needed only two words to express his feelings of having to face his former franchise player. [Montreal Gazette]
  • Here’s a view of the media scrum that appeared to hear Poile speak. [Nashville Predators]/
  • Pete Weber has seen Shea Weber’s Nashville days from the get-go, and he takes an opportunity to look back at the finest moments. [NHL]
  • There’s no doubt a consensus that Shea Weber is no fun to play against, but NHL players have only good things to say about Man Mountain. [The Globe and Mail]
  • Leadership is one of Weber’s strongest assets, and it’s lead to a patronly nickname among the team. [Montreal Gazette]
  • For our francophone friends, here’s some Shea Weber coverage en français. [La Presse]
  • For Weber, nothing short of victory will do. [JdM]
  • Marc Bergevin is just as happy as you are with Shea Weber. [RDS]
  • Trades are emotional - Montreal fans tend to think only of what Marc Bergevin did when he traded P.K. Subban, but David Poile also had to make a big gamble. [RDS]
  • The Canadiens’ plane will be light of a few regular players as they leave for Nashville. [Canadiens]/
  • Good news though, Alex Galchenyuk and David Desharnais are skating and looking good. [RDS]
  • And on the flip side of the injury fence, when the Habs head to Texas, the Dallas Stars may be missing a big piece of their lineup. [JdM]
  • The Canadiens have extended the contract of backup goaltender Al Montoya. [EOTP]
  • The new contract does mean Montoya will be exposed at the upcoming expansion draft. [TSN690]
  • General Manager Marc Bergevin spoke to the press in Brossard on Monday morning. [Hockey Inside/Out]/

Marc Bergevin news conference Monday morning in Brossard

Posted by Hockey Inside/Out on Monday, January 2, 2017
  • Here are the lines used at the Canadiens’ practice on Monday. [Joey Alfieri]/
  • Don’t go betting the farm, but the Canadiens are still within striking distance of a championship run. [Montreal Gazette]
  • Henri Richard suffers from Alzheimer’s disease but his son sends relatively positive news. [Dave Stubbs]/
  • Habs prospect Michael McNiven has earned OHL player of the week honours. [Mitch Brown]/
  • Good news for Les Canadiennes fans, Julie Chu and Caroline Ouellette are headed to this year’s All Star Game. [CWHL]/

Around the League and Elsewhere

  • Auston Matthews is having himself a stellar rookie campaign with the Toronto Maple Leafs. [TSN]
  • Auston’s dad, Brian, will be among the dads at Toronto’s annual fathers’ road trip. [Sportsnet]
  • The Las Vegas Golden Knights have their sights set on Chicago as the site of their AHL club. [The Score]
  • As we near mid-season, let’s take a look at the top rankings of prospects eligible for the 2017 NHL Entry Draft. [Future Considerations]
  • Can an epic performance at the World Juniors put Nico Hischier in the number one spot? [The Hockey News]
  • They’re both NHL legends, former superstars and both are in the Hockey Hall of Fame; oh yeah, they’re also father and son. The Hull boys dropped the puck at the outdoor game between the Chicago Blackhawks and St. Louis Blues. [NHL]
  • It’s been 25 years since an epic ten-player trade; Doug Gilmour and Gary Leeman talk about the historic transaction. [Sportsnet]
  • Is Roberto Luongo feeling bitter about a missed opportunity? [JdM]
  • Anthony DeAngelo is facing discipline for his abuse of officials, and it turns out it’s not his first such incident. [Five for Howling]
  • There’s a peculiar scoreline which holds a lot of hockey history. Michael Farber examines the 6-5 hockey game. [TSN]
  • Have you ever wondered if Gary Bettman can skate? You can find that, and more out with this Q&A. [Sportsnet]
  • Jorge Alves lived out a dream this past week, and the Carolina Hurricanes loved witnessing it. [NBC Sports]
  • Auston Matthews is having a great rookie season, after playing in the NLA. How good is the Swiss league? [Swiss Hockey News]/

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