Thursday Habs Headlines: Max Pacioretty deserved to be named to All-Star team

Here are your daily links, including the All-Star omission of Max Pacioretty, the possibility of a Tomas Plekanec trade, and more.

Montreal Canadiens News and Notes

  • While the Habs will be represented by both Carey Price and Shea Weber at this year’s All Star Game, there was one notable omission - Max Pacioretty. [Montreal Gazette]
  • Michel Therrien discussed the struggles of the team last season, the criticism that he faced as a result, and the return to top form in 2016-17. [Sportsnet]
  • Nathan Beaulieu has been granted an opportunity to be a major contributor for the Habs, and has taken the bull by the horns. []
  • Carey Price may not be playing at the absolute top level we’ve seen from him in recent games, but that doesn’t mean there should be any cause for concern. [Montreal Gazette]
  • There’s been lots to talk about on TSN 690, including Brian Wilde’s thoughts on which players should remain in the lineup when the team is back to full health, and Pierre LeBrun on why the Habs are a threat in the playoffs. [TSN 690 | Wilde | LeBrun]
  • Elliotte Friedman shared a few musings on the Habs in his 30 Thoughts, including whether Tomas Plekanec might be traded and a note on Alexander Radulov’s love for practice. [SN]
  • That love has been translating very well into scoring chances for the Russian winger:/

Around the League and Elsewhere

  • Pacioretty isn’t the only All-Star omission leaving fans scratching their heads, as Luke Fox looks at the biggest snubs in each division. [SN]
  • Pavel Datsyuk will make a brief return to North America to be in attendance for the All Star Game in Los Angeles. [SN]
  • According to a report, the IIHF may be working toward eliminating shootouts from gold-medal games in the wake of the Canada-USA final at the World Juniors. [Puck Daddy]
  • The Toronto Maple Leafs dealt goaltender Jhonas Enroth to the Anaheim Ducks for a seventh-round draft pick. [PPP]/

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