Wednesday Habs Headlines: Pacioretty — “I’ve fallen in love with this city”

In today’s links, Max Pacioretty talks about Montreal, more fallout from Monday’s year-end presser, and the NHL primes itself for the first round of the playoffs!

Montreal Canadiens news and notes

  • Max Pacioretty has fallen in love with Montreal. [Montreal Gazette]
  • Marc Bergevin tells Mitchy Gallo that the Canadiens’ attitude was “wrong from day one.” [TSN 690 (Audio)]
  • The Canadiens’ leadership preached change by showing that nothing will. [The Athletic]
  • Acquiring Shea Weber was a “good decision,” according to Geoff Molson. [Journal de Montreal]
  • There are limits to the transparency advocated by Geoff Molson and Marc Bergevin. [RDS]
  • What is to be done about an unhealthy locker room? [Journal de Montreal]
  • The Canadiens netminder is happy that the season is over. [RDS]/

Around the league and elsewhere

  • With the playoffs about to start, it’s prognostication season! [Sportsnet|RDS|ESPN]
  • Jeff Blashill will return as the head coach of the Detroit Red Wings. [TSN]
  • An analytical look at the Western Conference 1st round match-ups. [TSN]
  • Marian Hossa is unlikely to return for the 2018-19 season. [TSN]
  • It was 4-1: an oral history of the Toronto Maple Leafs-Boston Bruins playoff series of 2013. [The Athletic]
  • Vladimir Tarasenko could be out for 4-6 months as he plans to undergo shoulder surgery. [Sportsnet]
  • Pekka Rinne for Vezina, says Ryan Ellis. [The Players’ Tribune]
  • Six things we learned about the NHL in the 2017-18 season. [Sportsnet]
  • Philippe Grubauer will start Game 1 for the Washington Capitals over Braden Holtby. [TSN]
  • Chad Johnson was not happy with the defensive play of the Buffalo Sabres. [TSN]
  • Aaron Ekblad will suit up for Canada at the World Championships. [TSN]
  • From dead last to the playoffs: the 2017-18 Colorado Avalanche. [The Athletic]
  • Even in the heart of enemy territory, Claude Giroux is thinking of Humboldt. [Claude Giroux]/

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