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Friday Habs Headlines: A (small) milestone for Sean Monahan

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Montreal Canadiens news and notes

  • Sean Monahan earned a $15,000 bonus by suiting up in his 26th game this season — one more than he played last campaign. [Montreal Gazette | La Presse]
  • In his AHL debut, Arber Xhekaj looked nothing like what made him an NHL player to begin with. [The Athletic]
  • It’s not the Canadiens sweater she dreamed about when she was a child, but Caroline Ouellette did get to centre ice at the Bell Centre in a fabled garment — a Hockey Hall of Fame jacket. [La Presse]
  • Owen Beck is primed for a big role with Team Canada this time around. [A Winning Habit]
  • Joshua Roy put in some reps with Glen Tucker, also known as “Dr. Shot”. [La Presse]
  • The Laval Rocket, losers of eight in a row, need to show some pride to get out of their funk. [La Presse]

Around the league and elsewhere

  • Phillip Danault has found his scoring touch in Los Angeles. [Montreal Gazette]
  • What if the NHL copied the NBA and adopted an in-season tournament? What could it look like? [The Athletic]
  • There is a generation of American players waiting for their chance at Olympic gold — if the NHL will let them. [ESPN]
  • Which NHL bubble teams should consider pulling the plug? [Daily Faceoff]
  • Why is fighting rising in the NHL? [Daily Faceoff]
  • Why Pittsburgh has become a premier destination for Swedish players. [Daily Faceoff]
  • The Toronto Maple Leafs are looking to bolster their blueline, but at what cost? [32 Thoughts]

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