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Monday Habs Headlines: Max Pacioretty earns Guy Lafleur's approval

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Here are your daily links covering the Canadiens and the league, including Lafleur's faith in Pacioretty, the Galchenyuk line's success, and the importance of offensive defensemen.

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Montreal Canadiens News and Notes

  • Guy Lafleur believes Max Pacioretty will be a perfect captain for the Montreal Canadiens, especially considering that Pacioretty was chosen by his fellow teammates. [TVA Sports]
  • It is Max Pacioretty's ability to anticipate plays, which makes him such an offensive threat for the Montreal Canadiens. [NESN]
  • The trio of Lars Eller, Alex Galchenyuk and Alexander Semin showed flashes of brilliance during the preseason and that line has only continued to produce offensively during the regular season. [Canadiens]
  • Has the fierce rivalry between the Montreal Canadiens and the Boston Bruins lost some of its shine lately? [Sportsnet]
  • This is unfortunately true, at this point:
  • The St. John's IceCaps are icing a young roster that does not have much experience this season. As such, fans expecting immediate success must temper their expectations. [The Telegram]
  • The Toronto Blue Jays live to fight another day and Devante Smith-Pelly is thrilled:

Around The League and Elsewhere

  • How important have offensive defensemen become to generating offence in the NHL? [NHL]
  • The NWHL kicked off its inaugural season yesterday, with a match between the New York Riveters and Connecticut Whale. [Today's Slapshot]
  • The Boston Bruins will have to make do with Brad Marchand's services for the immediate future. Marchand sustained a concussion during Saturday's clash with the Montreal Canadiens. [Puck Daddy]
  • Do you have doubts about how well the New York Rangers will do this season? Well, you were right to be suspicious. [NHL Numbers]
  • Check out this amazing goal by Charlie Coyle of the Minnesota Wild! [YouTube]