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Friday Habs Headlines: Alex Semin might be the scapegoat, but he is not the problem

Here are your daily links from the Habs and around the league including the decision to scratch Alex Semin, Mike Condon's intense summer training, and Jeff Petry reflects on being dealt from the Oilers to the Canadiens.

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Montreal Canadiens News and Notes

  • Alex Semin might be the Habs' scapegoat after their first loss of the season, but as Olivier Bouchard explains, he isn't the problem. [L'Actualite]
  • Darren Dreger suggests that the Habs can afford to trade the young defensemen sitting in the press box. [TSN 690]
  • Mike Condon has had a meteoric rise over the past few seasons, and part of the preparation for an NHL career was working out with a mixed martial artist who helped him in a variety of ways. []
  • Habs fans have long known about the ability of Max Pacioretty, though he doesn't often get as much credit as he probably should around the league, Sean McIndoe writes in his NHL Stock Report.  [Grantland]
  • Jeff Petry spent five seasons with last night's opponent, the Edmonton Oilers, and was glad to wind up in Montreal at last season's trade deadline. [Montreal Gazette]
  • The Habs have found themselves atop Yahoo Sports' power rankings. [Puck Daddy]
  • As you probably already know, Martin Reway has been involved in a lengthy and confusing situation surrounding his contract. The saga is still ongoing. [La Presse]

Around the League and Elsewhere

  • The NHL's new 3-on-3 overtime format might not be featuring the success the league had hoped it would. [Eye on Hockey]
  • A number of solid NHL players have been off to slow starts this season - take a look at a few who are yet to find the scoresheet in 2015-16. [Puck Daddy]
  • It turns out that musician Rod Stewart's son is moving up the ranks of professional hockey, as 21-year-old Liam Stewart has joined the ECHL's Alaska Aces. [Yahoo Sports]
  • Swedish site Aftonbladet reports that the Russian national team is looking to hire away Skelleftea's GM. [Aftonbladet (Swedish)]