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Saturday Habs Headlines: 2017-18 Canadiens together on the ice for the first time

Meet new faces, see how the lines and pairings shaped up, Paul Byron’s new strength, Julien making his impact, and much more.

Montreal Canadiens v New York Rangers - Game Six Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images

Montreal Canadiens news and notes

  • Eric Gelinas, Jakub Jerabek and Karl Alzner were among new Canadiens players to hit the ice in Brossard on Friday. [Canadiens]
  • Phillip Danault’s 2016-17 season saw him go from a depth forward to a top line pivot on a playoff team. Everything has changed for the Victoriaville native. [TVA Sports]
  • Karl Alzner has nothing but good things to say about Jeff Petry. [Joey Alfieri]
  • The pair seem destined to start the season together, which is a good thing. [Sportsnet]
  • Fantasy pool experts don’t think Paul Byron will be any better this season, but the surprising forward has been training hard to defy the pundits. [La Presse]
  • Michael McCarron continues to develop and grow - on and off the ice. [Montreal Gazette]
  • It’s entirely possible that Jonathan Drouin could be one of the NHL players facing the most pressure this season. [JdM]
  • Aside from having to be asked about what position he will or wants to play, Alex Galchenyuk was happy to be back on the ice, reunited with some familiar faces. [TSN]
  • Frank Seravalli asks burning questions about each Canadian team. No surprise the top question is about Drouin. [TSN]
  • After a full off-season to prepare, Claude Julien is already putting his stamp on the look and feel of the Canadiens. [TVA Sports]
  • John Bartlett believes Montreal won’t have an easy task to get to the playoffs. [TSN 690]
  • Jean-Guy Talbot will honour his passed friend, Jean Béliveau, on Saturday when a plaza named after the legend is opened near Quebec’s Centre Vidéotron. [RDS]
  • Facing shoulder surgery in a few days, prospect Jeremiah Addison will be kept off the ice indefinitely. [Canadiens]
  • TSN and TSN2 are pairing up to offer exceptional Habs coverage this year. [Bell Media]
  • Les Canadiennes and Montreal’s mayor have exciting news to share. [Jared Book]
  • It’s likely the pending announcement has to do with their home arena. [Jared Book]

Around the league and elsewhere

  • The Matt Duchene show rolls along, with the highly touted centre opting out of speaking to the press after showing up to Avalanche camp. [Mike Chambers]
  • The Los Angeles Kings are holding an open tryout for their emergency backup role, so polish your pads and sharpen your skates if you think you can play in the NHL. [NHL]
  • It’s been thirty years since the 1987 Canada Cup Final series, which is arguably some of the best hockey ever played. [THN]
  • With compensation coming to the CWHL, our friends at Pension Plan Puppets took a stab at what player salaries may look like this season. [PPP]