Wednesday Habs Headlines: Joël Bouchard tries to rally the troops in Laval

In today’s links, no one is panicking at Place Bell even though the Rocket are stuck on the launch pad, response from the Marco Scandella trade, and NHL GMs aren’t waiting for Monday to make their moves.

Montreal Canadiens news and notes

  • Joel Bouchard is opening up his motivational toolbox after the Laval Rocket’s recent five game slide. [Montreal Gazette]
  • His players are certainly not ready to give way to panic yet. [La Presse]
  • ICYMI: Marco Scandella was traded to the St. Louis Blues for a second round draft pick and a conditional fourth rounder. [Sportsnet | EOTP]
  • Scandella’s departure was a shrewd piece of business for the Canadiens general manager. [Montreal Gazette | La Presse]
  • While both the Habs and Blues get what they want, the Buffalo Sabres are the big losers in the Scandella deal. [ESPN Premium]
  • Shea Weber’s return to the ice on Tuesday night marked the end of a confusing and mysterious saga. [La Presse]
  • Zdeno Chara called Brendan Gallagher to apologize after cross-checking him in the face. [La Presse]/

Around the league and elsewhere

  • The Washington Capitals acquired Brenden Dillon from the San Jose Sharks for a second rounder and a conditional third. [Sportsnet]
  • The Vegas Golden Knights are looking to acquire Alec Martinez from the Los Angeles Kings. [TSN]
  • The New York Rangers have traded Joey Keane to the Carolina Hurricanes for Julien Gauthier. [Blueshirt Banter]
  • Making sense of Tyler Toffoli’s acquisition by the Vancouver Canucks. [31 Thoughts]
  • The Colorado Avalanche and Boston Bruins are the front runners for Chris Kreider. [TSN]
  • What is the centre of the US hockey universe? [ESPN]
  • Jay Bouwmeester is back in St. Louis and on the road to recovery. [ProHockeyTalk]/

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