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

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]