Friday Habs Headlines: Victor Mete is a more confident player since his return

In today’s links, looking at bright spots for the Habs this season, what should the team do at the upcoming trade deadline, and the world gears up for Pyeongchang 2018.

Montreal Canadiens news and notes

  • Victor Mete is more confident in his second stint with the Habs this year. [Journal de Montreal]
  • If Nicolas Deslauriers keeps scoring, he might need to practise his goal celebrations a little more. [Montreal Gazette]
  • Craig Button says Marc Bergevin must take more risks. [RDS]
  • The Ottawa Senators and the Habs need fine-tooling, not fire sales. [The Athletic]
  • Jonathan Drouin has improved since the start of the season. [Journal de Montreal]
  • With the Habs sinking in the standings, ticket prices on the secondary market are following suit. [Montreal Gazette]
  • On his 22nd birthday, Lukas Vejdemo tallied twice, including a shorthanded marker, to help Djurgården defeat Rögle 6-2. [Patrik Bexell]/

Around the league and elsewhere

  • Speed, pace, and agility are now king, as the days of heavy hockey are over. [TSN]
  • William Nylander spent the first period of Wednesday night’s game against the Chicago Blackhawks using Connor Brown’s sticks. [Sportsnet]
  • Ryan McDonagh and Jordan Kyrou are the newest names on TSN’s Top 30 Trade Bait players list. [TSN]
  • North America isn’t the only option for European prospects - just ask Dominik Bokk [Elite Prospects]
  • Is Slava Voynov considering an NHL return? [TSN]
  • Nikita Nesterov is officially an Olympian. [TSN]
  • Looking at the top 12 potential UFAs of 2018. [Sportsnet]
  • Members of the North and South Korean National Women’s Hockey Teams met today to form the unified squad which will compete at the 2018 Winter Olympics. [IIHF]
  • Vicky Sunohara is finally getting her due. [The Athletic]
  • 169 Russian athletes have been authorized by the IOC to compete at the 2018 Winter Olympics. [Journal de Montreal]
  • Exorbitant concession prices have always been not fan-friendly, but they may also not be business-friendly too. [Darren Rovell]/

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