Saturday Habs Headlines: Nicklas Backstrom, Ryan O’Reilly, and other potential options to fill the Canadiens’ top-line centre role

In today’s links, looking at the players who could become the Habs’ #1 centre, Joël Bouchard comments on the speculation of him joining the Canadiens organization, William Bitten’s stellar game, and more.

Montreal Canadiens news and notes

  • With the Canadiens in search of a centre, could a trade for Ryan O’Reilly, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, or even Nicklas Backstrom be options? [Sportsnet]
  • William Bitten got back on the scoresheet for the Hamilton Bulldogs last night:/
  • His strong play was rewarded after the game:/
  • Top prospect Joe Veleno regards Jonathan Drouin as his idol. [Radio-Canada]
  • Joël Bouchard hears the talk about him being a candidate for a job with the Canadiens organization, but for now he’s perfectly content to run things for the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada. [La Presse]/

Around the league and elsewhere

  • Patrice Bergeron could be back in the lineup in tonight’s game versus the Toronto Maple Leafs. []
  • Bill Peters has resigned as the head coach of the Carolina Hurricanes. [Canes Country]
  • The Lady Byng Trophy finalists have been announced, with Ryan O’Reilly, Aleksander Barkov, and William Karlsson exhibiting the most gentlemanly conduct in 2017-18. []
  • Andre Burakovsky will miss the remainder of the Capitals-Blue Jackets series after a minor surgical procedure. [TSN]
  • After some cryptic comments earlier in the year, Drew Doughty says he’d like to have his contract exteded with the Los Angeles Kings. []/

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