Tuesday Habs Headlines: Mikhail Sergachev seeks Memorial Cup to cap off 2016-17 season.

Your daily links, including a healthy dose of the Sarge, a possible solution to the Habs’ center troubles, a bit of Canadiens history and lots more.

Montreal Canadiens News and Notes

  • Mikhail Sergachev has not changed his way of playing, but finding more simplicity has added to his game. [Journal de Montréal]
  • RDS caught up with the young prospect to talk about his team’s start at the Memorial Cup. [RDS]
  • The Sarge wants to cap off his season with a Mem Cup victory. [NHL]
  • The Habs have lacked a bona fide, tried and tested, big-bodied top centre for many years. The answer could be former Boston Bruins foe and future hall of famer Joe Thornton. [Habs EOTP]
  • Saku Koivu was inducted into the IIHF Hall of Fame alongside one of his best friends and two other NHL legends. Saku’s part is around the eight minute mark. /
  • Jacques Lemaire’s portrait, as part of the ongoing NHL’s centennial celebration, was unveiled on Monday. [NHL]
  • The California Seals had a short and quiet history in the NHL, thanks in no small part to trades like these. [NHL History Girl]/

Around the League and Elsewhere

  • The city of Nashville, Tennessee has gone through a thorough hockey education since the arrival of the NHL, and Predators are now playing for a knowledgeable, appreciative fan base. [NY Times]
  • Both the Preds and their conference final foes, the Anaheim Ducks, have been the model of consistency going back to the 2005 lockout. [ESPN]
  • A blowout loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins doesn’t necessarily spell the end for the Ottawa Senators; there’s been lots of bounce-back magic already this post-season. [The Hockey News]
  • Someone better remind hockey fans in Ottawa that their team is still playing. [Sens Nation]/
  • Olli Maatta has emerged from bad health and bad luck to become a cornerstone of the Pens’ defence. [NHL]
  • The Penguins, however, are getting the job done by committee, with all their defencemen contributing equally. [NBC Sports]
  • The best super-slow-motion regular season moments have been compiled and broken into videos. The first part was just released, and it’s as good as you’d expect. [NHL]
  • NHL Playoff history is filled with tremendous individual efforts to help teams achieve the dream. Many get recognized with Conn Smythe trophies, but many more never get and MVP nod. Others don’t even win any hardware at all. [SI.com]
  • Speaking of Conn Smythe, many hockey fans know of what he did for the NHL and the Toronto Maple Leafs, but few know he was also a war hero. [Great Canadian War Stories]
  • The Chicago Blackhawks need to replace former assistant coach Mike Kitchen, it appears there’s a good chance they’ve their sights set on former NHLer Ulf Samuelsson. [NBC Sports]
  • 24 year-old KHL defenceman Viktor Antipin is expected to join the Buffalo Sabres shortly. [NBC Sports]
  • It’s tough to compare leagues and estimate how a player would perform in the NHL, but this latest conversion chart helps tremendously. [Rob Vollman]/
  • The Las Vegas Golden Knights have completed their first Sticks for Kids event, and it was a smashing success. [Golden Knights]
  • Meanwhile, the team’s GM, George McPhee, is hard at work fielding transaction calls ahead of the expansion draft. [Golden Knights]
  • Brian Finley’s NHL career was stunted by mental and physical injuries, but the former goaltender is now at peace. [The Star]
  • The NHL and NHLPA both missed an opportunity to educate when they ruled on Ryan Getzlaf’s unacceptable behaviour. [Sportsnet]
  • With the World Hockey Championship over, the groups for next year’s competition have been finalized. [IIHF]
  • Former Chicago Blackhawks’ blue-liner and Summit Series player Bill White has passed away at 77 years young. [CBC]
  • Meet Aito Iguchi, Japan’s next big hockey star. [From the Faceoff]
  • It’s still not completely official, but the rumblings of a Chinese-based CWHL team are getting louder. [CBC]/

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