Wednesday Habs Headlines: Russia banned from the 2018 Winter Olympics

In today’s news, the IOC suspends Russia from the 2018 Games, Jacob de la Rose gets his chance on an offensive line, and teams across the NHL assess their rosters.

Montreal Canadiens news and notes

Around the league and elsewhere

  • The Russian National Olympic Committee has been suspended from the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang. Russian athletes who are proven to be clean may compete under a neutral flag. [Sportsnet]
  • The IOC’s decision may have implications for Hockey Canada, as the KHL had previously threatened to bar all of its players from Olympics participation in such a circumstance. [TSN]
  • A look at sexual harrassment in sports. [Hockey Wilderness]
  • According to Forbes, the New York Rangers are the NHL’s most valuable franchise. [TSN]
  • In the wake of the tragic death of 16-year-old Jordan Boyd in 2013, the QMJHL announced the implementation of new safety measures. [TSN]
  • Riley Cote claims that cannabis use is common in the NHL. [Merry Jane]
  • Corey Pronman talks to AHL President Dave Andrews about the state of the league. [The Athletic]
  • Ron Hextall is standing by embattled head coach Dave Hakstol. [TSN]
  • Apparently the Matt Duchene-Kyle Turris trade wasn’t enough. Is it time to shake up the Ottawa Senators again? [TSN]
  • Viktor Arvidsson was a playmaker in a post-game wedding proposal. Here’s the full story. [Nashville Predators]
  • Brett Connolly was very focused on Monday night. Perhaps too focused? [Twitter]/
  • Matt Moulson has cleared waivers and will be assigned to the Ontario Reign of the AHL. [Die by the Blade]
  • Mikael Backlund is a pending UFA. What sort of contract can the Calgary Flames anticipate? [Matchsticks and Gasoline]
  • Tomas Nosek is a breakout candidate for the Vegas Golden Knights. [Knights on Ice]
  • Colorado Avalanche fans are already thinking about the 2018 NHL Entry Draft. [Mile High Hockey]
  • Making the case for the current blue line of the Dallas Stars. [Defending Big D]
  • The New York Rangers have signed Marek Mazanec. [Blueshirt Banter]
  • Patrik Laine’s pretty good, guys. [Sportsnet Stats]/

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