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Sunday Habs Headlines: Whichever player is chosen for the top-line centre role, the Canadiens will need to accept some mistakes

In today’s links, a need for patience, reasons for optimism, hope for the future, and memories of the past.

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Montreal Canadiens news and notes

  • One of Alex Galchenyuk or Jonathan Drouin will be used as the top offensive centre this year. The Canadiens will need to be patient no matter who gets placed in that role. [FanRag Sports]
  • Five reasons to be optimistic about the 2017-18 season. [The Hockey Writers]
  • Martin Réway is making the first steps toward an NHL career this week after recovering from a life-threatening condition. [Montreal Gazette]
  • In case you missed it, he’s among the three players who should be your main focus at the upcoming Rookie Tournament. [EOTP]
  • Can Jacob de la Rose claim a roster spot this season? [HabsWorld.net]
  • Canadiens legends reminisce about their time under head coach Toe Blake. [NHL.com]

Around the league and elsewhere

  • Former Canadiens assistant coach Gerard Gallant celebrated his birthday yesterday. The Vegas Golden Knights sent a message to the best coach they’ve ever had:
  • The Canucks have signed free-agent winger Thomas Vanek to a one-year deal, and should expect a big boost in their power-play production as a result. [Pro Hockey Talk]
  • Jason Spezza is going to spend some time on the wing this season after the Dallas Stars signed Martin Hanzal this off-season, according to head coach Ken Hitchcock. [NHL.com]
  • Florida Panthers draft selection Owen Tippett believes he can be the next Phil Kessel. [Pro Hockey Talk]