Tuesday Habs Headlines: Shea Weber’s recovery now expected to be four months, not six

In today’s links, some good news for the Habs’ big defenceman, Antti Niemi gets recognition for an incredible turnaround, one last season honours for Hayden Hawkey, and more.

Montreal Canadiens news and notes

  • Shea Weber’s recovery from foot surgery is now expected to be four months, not six as originally announced. [Sportsnet]
  • As expected, Max Pacioretty will not be back in the lineup this season. [Eric Engels]
  • Antti Niemi has been chosen as the Canadiens’ nominee for the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy. [Journal de Montreal]
  • We made the case for the beleaguered-backup-turned-starter a few days ago. [EOTP]
  • Claude Julien is still expecting a good effort from his team down the stretch. [La Presse]
  • One mock draft has the Canadiens selecting Oliver Wahlstrom at sixth overall. [USA TODAY]
  • Hayden Hawkey was named Hockey East’s Defensive Player of the Week for a fourth time this season. [Friars.com]/

Around the league and elsewhere

  • Sean Burke and Martin Brodeur will serve as co-general managers for Canada’s entrant into the 2018 World Championship. [TSN]
  • The Ottawa Senators and Carolina Hurricanes had disappointing seasons, and their goaltending deserves a significant portion of the blame. [TSN]
  • Kaapo Kakko, a Finnish prospect eligible for the 2018 NHL Draft, was named rookie of the year in Liiga. [Mika Eskola]/

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