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Sunday Habs Headlines: Alzner’s decision to sign in Montreal was about more than just hockey

Here are your daily links, including how the Habs fared on the first day of free agency, development camp anticipation, and more.

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Montreal Canadiens news and notes

  • Now that it’s official, take a look behind the scenes of Karl Alzner’s decision to sign in Montreal. [Canadiens]
  • Alzner expects to play with either Shea Weber or Jeff Petry on the Habs’ blue line. [Twitter]
  • Nikita Scherbak is excited for Canadiens development camp:
  • The Habs made Andrew Berkshire’s list of free agency winners and losers ... but not in a good way. [Sportsnet]
  • The fate of Alexander Radulov is one of the questions remaining after Day One of NHL free agency. [THN]
  • ICYMI: The Habs made some additions to the Laval Rocket, too. New signings on Saturday included Byron Froese [EOTP], Matt Taormina [EOTP], Peter Holland [EOTP], and Joe Morrow [EOTP].

Around the league and elsewhere

  • Dimitri Filipovic broke down the play of some of the best play-driving defencemen in the current NHL. [Sportsnet]
  • Looks like everyone caught some Canada Day spirit:
  • Daniel Alfredsson announced he is stepping down from his position with the Senators. [NHL]
  • After much speculation, the New York Rangers officially won the Shattenkirk Sweepstakes on Saturday. [NHL]
  • After being taken by Vegas in the expansion draft, Alexei Emelin has been traded to the Nashville Predators. [The Game]
  • The NHL minimum salary is now officially increased to $650,000.