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Wednesday Habs Headlines: Mikhail Sergachev earns high praise from OHL coaches

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Here are your daily links, including how OHL coaches regard Mikhail Sergachev, Max Pacioretty is looking forward to the new season and Artemi Panarin's asking price. 

(Shanna Martin/Eyes on the Prize) Mikhail Sergachev Shanna Martin/Eyes on the Prize

Montreal Canadiens News and Notes

  • Coaches from across the OHL had no trouble recognizing Mikhail Sergachev as the best defenseman in the league. [Sportsnet]
  • Next season has the potential to be Alex Galchenyuk’s breakout year. [Today’s Slapshot]
  • Despite a rough first season as the captain of the Montreal Canadiens, Max Pacioretty is ready to put that behind him and is ready for a fresh start. [Sportsnet]
  • Mike Condon knows that he can’t take his position for granted and is determined to grab a spot on the Canadiens again. [Sportsnet]
  • Defender Julie Chu will juggle head coaching duties and playing for the Montreal Canadiennes next season. [The Link]
  • Sergachev also received some good news:
  • Guess who will be back soon?
  • And they aren’t the only ones:
  • Just how awesome does Artturi Lehkonen look?

Around The League and Elsewhere

  • Artemi Panarin is reportedly asking for a 6-year deal worth more than $36 million from the Chicago Blackhawks. [SCH]
  • Signing Steve Ott was a bad move for the Detroit Red Wings and in more ways than one. [WIIM]
  • Nashville Predators defenseman Roman Josi has quietly been one of Team Europe’s best players at the World Cup. [NP]
  • These are some truly atrocious mascots! [RDS]
  • The Great One will be participating in the NHL’s centennial season! [NHL]
  • A special guest visited Helsinki Jokerit: