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Saturday Habs Headlines: Canadiens could be keeping cap space for John Tavares

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Your daily links, including Elliotte Friedman’s theory about the Habs’ cap space, Montreal’s underlying numbers show they are due to bounce back, the Penguins’ interest in Galchenyuk and more.

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Montreal Canadiens news and notes

  • Elliotte Friedman thinks the Canadiens are holding onto their available cap space, waiting to see whether John Tavares re-signs with the New York Islanders. [FRS]
  • The Habs’ play is unsustainably unlucky, putting Montreal among two other teams whose trends should reverse. [Sportsnet]
  • Joey Alfieri looks at the trade possibilities behind the rumoured Pittsburgh Penguins’ interest in Alex Galchenyuk. [NBC Sports]
  • The HIO crew debate whether the Canadiens’ ticket market is softer than usual, and if so why. [Montreal Gazette]
  • Marie-Philip Poulin is excited to be back in Quebec City, this time with Team Canada. [JdM]
  • Puck Drop returns for a chat with former St. John’s IceCaps captain Max Friberg. [EOTP]

Around the league and elsewhere

  • Canadiens fans don’t really want to hear this, but Bodog has just pegged the Toronto Maple Leafs as the odds-on favourites to win the Stanley Cup. [Montreal Gazette]
  • The Detroit Red Wings finally came to term with RFA Andreas Athanasiou. [NHL]
  • Taylor Hall gives Nico Hischier the business on Twitter after the rookie scored his first (and second) NHL goal.
  • Erik Gudbranson was given a one-game suspension for his recent boarding infraction against the Bruins’ Joey Vatrano. [NHL]
  • The Devils’ minder Cory Schneider was placed on IR on Friday after suffering a lower-body injury against the Ottawa Senators. [NHL]
  • A Minnesotan has travelled to North Korea for hockey and friendship. [The Athletic]