Thursday Habs Headlines: Shea Weber restoring order to the Canadiens’ blue line

Here are your daily links, including the captain’s value on and off the ice, Habs’ representation at the upcoming World Junior Championships, goal records, rock bands, and more.

Montreal Canadiens news and notes

  • Even after just a few games back, it’s clear how much the Habs benefit from Shea Weber. [Montreal Gazette]
  • Jesperi Kotkaniemi doesn’t need to leave Montreal for World Juniors. [TSN 690]
  • Carey Price and Shea Weber are among the NHLers under pressure to make the most of the remaining season. [Sportsnet]
  • Now that he’s made the jump to North America, Lukas Vejdemo continues to improve with Laval. [The Athletic]
  • The Habs players made their rounds at local hospitals on Wednesday to spread holiday cheer. [Canadiens]/
  • Bob McKenzie reviews how likely it is that some Habs prospects to make Team Canada for World Juniors. [TSN 690]/

Around the league and elsewhere

  • It might be impossible for anyone to ever break Gretzky’s goal record. Or Alex Ovechkin just might do it. [31 Thoughts]
  • Sometimes weird bounces still count as goals, but apparently not when it goes in off the referee in a less conventional fashion. [Deadspin]
  • The NHL’s top stars tend to carry the bulk of their team’s offence. [ESPN]
  • What does the future hold for Guy Boucher in Ottawa? [TSN]
  • Sam Cosentino’s December rankings for the 2019 draft have been released. [Sportsnet]
  • Weezer will be headlining this season’s Winter Classic game between the Blackhawks and the Bruins. [The Hollywood Reporter]/

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