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Friday Habs Headlines: Alex Galchenyuk is headed for a big pay raise

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Charles Hudon is called up from the AHL, Plekanec shares some thoughts around a dry spell in a long season, Byron is enjoying success in Montreal, and more

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Montreal Canadiens news and notes

  • Andrei Markov opens up about fatherhood, his career, and social media. [NHL]
  • Tomas Plekanec waxes philosophical about his offensive dry spell [Canadiens]
  • Alex Galchenyuk is quickly becoming Montreal’s best forward, and Marc Bergevin knows he’s in for a big raise. [JdM]
  • In case you missed it, Charles Hudon has been called up from the Ice Caps [EOTP]
  • Michel Therrien provided a hopeful update on Artturi Lehkonen:
  • Paul Byron, who has six goals, keeping company with the likes of Patrick Kane and Auston Matthews, is certainly thriving in Montreal [Sportsnet]
  • How do you stop Shea Weber’s shot? Well, it’s complicated. [La Presse]
  • Alex Galchenyuk and Brendan Gallagher’s teammates weigh in comparing their burgers:

Around the League and elsewhere

  • Steven Stamkos expected to miss four months of the regular season after successful surgery for a torn knee ligament [Raw Charge]
  • Johnny Gaudreau, meanwhile, is looking at six weeks with a broken finger [NHL]
  • Scott Cullen takes an early look at the NHL trade block [TSN]
  • Former Leafs goalie James Reimer has found a renewed purpose in Florida [Globe and Mail]
  • Five years ago, Marc Savard’s pro hockey career came to an end after repeated concussions. He’s now in a new fulfilling hockey role. [Boston Globe]