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Wednesday Habs Headlines: Matheson and company tune out the social-media noise

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Montreal Canadiens news and notes

  • Mike Matheson stays away from social media, both to avoid hearing trade rumours and because “for the most part, it’s a lot of negativity.” [Montreal Gazette]
  • Could Matheson be a number 1 defenceman? [La Presse]
  • Revisiting the Jesperi Kotkaniemi saga, two years later. [Montreal Hockey Now]
  • Jayden Struble talks about his growth this year and his potential future with the Habs. [Montreal Hockey Now]/

Around the league and elsewhere

  • Trade season grades for each team, from multiple A’s to one F. [ESPN]
  • The NHL’s 10 biggest disappointments of the 2022-23 season so far. [The Athletic]
  • Toronto Maple Leafs forward Ryan O’Reilly underwent successful surgery to stabilize a fractured finger in his left hand. His timeline to return is four weeks. [TSN]
  • Jack Hughes is right there with the NHL’s biggest threats. [Sportsnet]
  • Rasmus Sandin needed a trade to get his break. [Sportsnet]
  • “Every road is different.” Eric Staal talks about his teammate Kotkaniemi. [La Presse]
  • Corey Pronman’s latest NHL Draft prospects ranking. [The Athletic]
  • The Greater Toronto Hockey League (GTHL) has opened multiple investigations into allegations that some teams and the non-profit companies that run them have been inappropriately bought and sold. [TSN]
  • The QMJHL names Mario Cecchini as their new Commissioner. [Daily Faceoff | La Presse]
  • Should Quebec City get an NHL team before Houston or Atlanta? [The Hockey News]
  • Hockey’s place in Ukraine, one year after the Russian invasion. [RDS]/