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Sunday Habs Headlines: Victor Mete and Charles Hudon impressing in training camp

In today’s links, top prospects make their mark, Shaw reveals concussion issues, Drouin and Pacioretty a promising duo, and more.

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Montreal Canadiens news and notes

  • Claude Julien has been impressed with Charles Hudon’s play at training camp:
  • Shea Weber has similar sentiments regarding Victor Mete, whom he’s lined up alongside in the first two days of training camp. [Canadiens.com]
  • Mete may well have the most complementary skill set to Weber’s of all defencemen at camp. Eric Engels argues that’s not necessarily a good thing for the team. [Sportsnet]
  • Artturi Lehkonen’s place on the opening night roster is secure, but he’s still prepared to battle hard against those who would like to claim his spot. [Canadiens.com]
  • Andrew Shaw struggled to train this summer, dealing with post-concussion syndrome. He was only cleared by team doctors last week to be able to participate in training camp. [Le Journal de Montreal]
  • Ales Hemsky knows his best offensive days are behind him. But he’s happy to trade them for a more balanced, defensively responsible game. [The Athletic]
  • There are several enticing potential duos in the NHL after the off-season transactions. A former Hab and two current ones make the list of the top-five new forward partnerships. [Sportsnet]
  • Jacob de la Rose is feeling much more confident in his game after breaking out offensively in the AHL at the end of last season. [Le Journal de Montreal]
  • Many have been concerned about how the Canadiens will get by without the game Andrei Markov brought over his career. Listen to what the current blue-line contingent has to say. [Sportsnet]
  • Mme. Élise Béliveau spoke at the opening of Place Jean Béliveau in Quebec City yesterday. [TVA Sports]

Around the league and elsewhere

  • At several points rumoured to be courted by the Canadiens, Stephane Da Costa’s hopes of returning to the NHL have been derailed by a medical issue. [L’Équipe]
  • Jared Cowen didn’t mince words when speaking about the buyout drama he dealt with as a member of the Toronto Maple Leafs, but is hoping to put that behind him with a spot on the Colorado Avalanche. [Sportsnet]
  • Bill Daly speaks about the NHL’s efforts to grow the game in China. [Sportsnet]
  • Ryan Reaves has made a career on his fighting ability. Evgeni Malkin sees a different path for his new teammate: