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Wednesday Habs Headlines: Canadiens expected to bounce back this season

Here are your daily links, including predicting how the Canadiens will do next season, talking Arturri Lehkonen, and banning Damir Ryspayev.

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Montreal Canadiens News and Notes

  • Despite coming off a disastrous season, there are plenty of reasons to remain optimistic about the Montreal Canadiens this year. [NHL]
  • Coach Michel Therrien emphasized that he had no problems with P.K. Subban. [La Presse]
  • Our own Patrik Bexell joined TSN 690 to discuss Artturi Lehkonen’s growth and whether the Finnish forward will be able to challenge for a roster spot next season. [TSN 690]
  • Should prospect Mikhail Sergachev slot into the Canadiens’ opening day lineup? [TVA Sports]
  • Shea Weber is excited to play in the "Mecca of hockey" (take that, Toronto!) and he isn’t fazed by the possibility of having to replace Subban. [CTV NewsLa Presse]
  • Nathan Beaulieu believes that Weber will fit right in with Montreal:

Around The League and Elsewhere

  • KHL forward Damir Ryspayev has been banned until further notice, for his part in escalating a brawl between Barys and HC Kunlun Red Star during a preseason friendly. [KHL]
  • Are bad systems or bad luck to blame for Team Canada’s disappointing performance at the National Junior Evaluation Camp? [Pension Plan Puppets]
  • The Edmonton Oilers are still looking to sign a top pairing right-handed defenseman and here some possible players who could plug that hole. [Copper & Blue]
  • The Detroit Red Wings have six waiver eligible players, and here’s what the team might do with them come October. [Winging It In Motown]
  • Doping took centre stage at the Summer Games, as certain Olympic swimmers took a stand against their competitors, who had previously served suspensions for using performance enhancing substances. [Sydney Morning HeraldThe Guardian]