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Wednesday Habs Headlines: Max Pacioretty happy with addition of “hockey obsessed” Jonathan Drouin

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In today’s links, the Habs are earnestly into off-season training regimens, a look at the UFAs still available, and arbitration hearings are getting closer.

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Montreal Canadiens news and notes

  • Max Pacioretty spoke about being the captain in Montreal, and having Jonathan Drouin join the fold this off-season. [YouTube]
  • Charles Hudon is motivated to make the NHL, yet trying to keep his expectations in check. [TVA Sports]
  • A look at the top 10 remaining UFAs, with a certain General atop the list. [Sportsnet]
  • Artturi Lehkonen is back home in Finland, preparing for the upcoming season with the help of the local Sports Science Lab. [Montreal Canadiens]
  • Ryan Poehling is attending Team USA’s World Junior Summer Showcase. [USA Hockey]
  • Martin Reway hits another milestone on his road to recovery. [Twitter]
  • Jacques Demers apparently did not take kindly to Paul DiPietro publicly airing his grievances. [Montreal Canadiens]

Around the league and elsewhere

  • Tomas Tatar and the Detroit Red Wings are $1.2 million apart in their arbitration briefs. [TSN]
  • The Nashville Predators have signed Pontus Aberg to a two-year contract with a cap hit of $650,000 per annum. [Sportsnet]
  • Tampa Bay defence prospect Mikhail Sergachev thinks he’s ready for the NHL. [TSN]
  • Hockey Canada and the Russian Ice Hockey Federation are in discussions regarding a pre-Olympics exhibition match. [TSN]
  • Jarome Iginla and Shane Doan are both reportedly contemplating retirement as they search for new teams. [NHL.com]
  • A sneak preview of Sports Illustrated’s upcoming list of fashionable athletes. [NHL.com]