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Saturday Habs Headlines: Tomas Fleischmann seeking a one-year contract

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Here are your daily links from the Habs and around the league, including Tomas Fleischmann's contract hopes, the role David Desharnais will play in balancing scoring, and some in-depth analysis of Max Pacioretty's return to action.

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Montreal Canadiens News and Notes

  • Michel Therrien stated on Friday that the team has a good idea of where they are headed as some big roster decisions are soon to be made. One of those decisions involves Tomas Fleischmann, who is looking for a single-season contract with the Habs. [La Presse | TherrienFleischmann]
  • Max Pacioretty played his first game of the pre-season on Thursday night, and the captain certainly didn't look like someone coming back from a broken tibia. [Sportlogiq]
  • Many Canadiens players view David Desharnais as their groups most underrated player. His play may be integral to a Habs team looking for more balanced scoring. More from Sportsnet, the Habs believe they are in a position to compete for the Stanley Cup. [Sportsnet | DesharnaisCup ]
  • Both joining the Habs organization in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, Jarred Tinordi and Brendan Gallagher have had very different career paths, and wind up in fairly opposite roles from what we may have expected five years ago. [Montreal Gazette]
  • Charles Hudon may very well be headed to St. John's to start the season, but at the very least his presence at Habs training camp just days before the season begins is a testament to his impressive performance. [RDS]
  • TSN 690 discussed whether or not the lines we've seen together throughout the pre-season will carry over into the regular season, now just four days away. [TSN 690]
  • Also on 690, Pierre Lebrun suggested Alexander Semin will have a big year, while Pierre McGuire discussed Pacioretty and the Habs leadership. [TSN 690 | LebrunMcGuire]
  • Alex Galchenyuk and Lars Eller have been given a great opportunity, once again getting to play together this season. [Journal de Montreal]
  • Habs legends Ken Dryden and Gump Worsley are among four other goaltenders who will be honoured with Canada Post stamps. [Montreal Gazette]

Around the League and Elsewhere

  • While some doubt may have been cast over the NHL expansion process by Jeremy Jacobs this week, Darren Dreger senses that if it went to vote today, Las Vegas and Quebec City would be accepted into the league. [TSN]
  • Lou Lamoriello shocked the hockey world by moving from New Jersey to Toronto in the off-season, and the Leafs' new GM has opened up to Pierre Lebrun about the decision. [TSN]
  • NHL teams are trending towards younger rosters, with important players on entry-level contracts. The weak Canadian dollar is a contributing factor. [Pro Hockey Talk]
  • The Chicago Blackhawks have placed Bryan Bickell, who comes with a $4 million cap hit, on waivers. [Second City Hockey]
  • Well, this is different. Oscar Milton was penalized in a Swedish Hockey League game after attempting to untie an opponent's skates. [Puck Daddy]