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Thursday Habs Headlines: Canadiens eager to exceed expectations

Here are your daily links, including Gallagher’s thoughts going into the new season, an AHL trade, and more.

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NHL: Montreal Canadiens at Toronto Maple Leafs Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports

Montreal Canadiens news and notes

  • As a new season begins, Brendan Gallagher and the Habs are hungry to prove their doubters wrong. [TSN]
  • If the Canadiens are going to surprise the world as contenders this season, Carey Price will need to be back to his old self. [Sportsnet]
  • There is definitely hope heading into a fresh season, but this year may also have some more frightening moments for fans in Montreal. [Athlétique]
  • Claude Julien sat veterans Tomas Plekanec and Karl Alzner in the season opener against Toronto, but he admitted the decision wasn’t an easy one. [TSN]
  • ICMYI: The Habs sent Will Bitten to Minnesota in exchange for defenceman Gustav Olofsson. [EOTP]
  • Habs fans should join the organization in looking forward, rather than to past disappointments. [The Athletic]
  • The Owen Sound Attack have named Nick Suzuki as their new captain. [Owen Sound Attack]
  • Jesperi Kotkaniemi is the first player born in the 21st century to dress (and record a point!) in an NHL game:
  • The Habs took the Leafs to OT in the season opener Wednesday night. [Canadiens]

Around the league and elsewhere

  • The Color of Hockey has a list of all the players of color starting the season on NHL rosters for 2018-19. [The Color of Hockey]
  • Taylor Hall, Brad Marchand, and Max Pacioretty all made Andrew Berkshire’s list of top the NHL’s top 20 left wingers. [Sportsnet]
  • Deadspin’s 2018-19 NHL preview has a few surprises (and a few not). [Deadspin]
  • Jack Eichel is the new captain of the Buffalo Sabres. [Twitter]
  • The story of how John Tavares chose the Leafs in free agency. [Sportsnet]
  • Sports Illustrated’s NHL writers shared their predictions for the 2018-19 season. [SI]
  • Tom Wilson received a 20-game suspension for his illegal head check on Oskar Sundqvist in Washington’s preseason game against the Blues. [RMNB]
  • The Vancouver Canucks have reportedly banned video games on the road, particularly the ever-popular Fortnite... and Patrik Laine thinks that’s pretty silly. [TSN]