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Friday Habs Headlines: Shea Weber — “I do not think we’re ready to start the season”

Your daily links, including unfulfilled needs on defence, Jonathan Drouin’s thoughts on the top players in the Eastern Conference, Victor Mete giving the coach a difficult decision, and more.

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Montreal Canadiens news and notes

  • Claude Julien admitted his team still needs to determine its final two defence spots. Shea Weber is thankful that there are still two pre-season games left, because the Habs need them. [TVA Sports | Google Translate]
  • Jonathan Drouin scouts his biggest competition in the Eastern conference. [SN]
  • Salim Valji sat down with Habs’ captain Max Pacioretty to talk about summer in Montreal, the Olympics, his heritage and more. [ESPN]
  • Pierre McGuire thinks the Canadiens should be in the hunt for John Tavares. [TSN 690]
  • London Knights Head Coach Dylan Knight is not planning to see Victor Mete back with his team. [RDS]
  • Mete and Jakub Jerabek are pushing veterans for spots on the Habs’ roster. [Montreal Gazette]
  • Some young players, however, did not impress - and that from the boss’ mouth. [AC]
  • Marc Bergevin also confirmed he hadn’t made a deal with Vegas to select Alexei Emelin. [HabsLinks]
  • There is some buzz about possible interest on former Ottawa Senators forward Chris Neil. [JdM]
  • Laval transport will give Rocket ticketholders free rides on game days. [JdM]
  • The Brampton Beast have announced fan favourite Luc Olivier Blain is returining for a third season with the ECHL franchise. [Beast]
  • Les Canadiennes’ Melodie Daoust scored twice in a friendly. [Team Canada Women]

Around the league and elsewhere

  • Take a look at the top 30 NCAA Freshmen, including two recent top-eight draft picks and a pair of possible future top-eight picks. [College Hockey Inc.]
  • Manon Rhéaume still stays close to women’s hockey, and will be an ambassador at a preparatory game between Canada and the United States on October 22nd in Quebec City. [JdM]