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Friday Habs Headlines: Brendan Gallagher is among the league’s best

In today’s links, how Gallagher has become one of the league’s most underrated players, the Habs are joining the fight against cancer, and Voynov wants to return to the NHL—but should/will anyone have him?

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NHL: Dallas Stars at Montreal Canadiens Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports

Montreal Canadiens news and notes

  • Underrated Brendan Gallagher is one of the NHL’s best right wingers. [Montreal Gazette]
  • Day 1 with Joël Bouchard was a mixed bag for Nikita Scherbak. [The Athletic]
  • Xavier Ouellet is finding his place after a rocky tenure with the Detroit Red Wings. [Sportsnet]
  • Nicolas Deslauriers surprised visiting special needs students from the Huntingdon Adult Education and Community Centre after practice on Tuesday. [Montreal Canadiens]
  • The Canadiens are joining in the fight against cancer. [Montreal Canadiens]
  • Are the media already scapegoating Joel Armia, making him into the scorer that he isn’t? [La Presse]
  • Off the 4th line for the first time this season, this is an opportunity for Charles Hudon. [Radio-Canada]
  • Renovations to the Montreal Forum were completed on November 2, 1968—an occasion marked with a ceremony featuring some of Quebec’s—and Canada’s—biggest stars. [Radio-Canada]
  • A charity watchdog says the Montreal Canadiens Children’s Foundation lacks financial transparency. [CBC]

Around the league and elsewhere

  • 31 Stats: looking at trends around the league from a statistical perspective, including Vegas’s bad luck and the Ducks’ atrocious early season shot differential. [The Athletic]
  • Could P.K. Subban be the NHL’s most important player? [Tampa Bay Times]
  • Corey Pronman looks back at the 2016 NHL Entry Draft and re-examines his grades of teams’ performances from back then. [The Athletic]
  • The Carolina Hurricanes are working on an extension for Sebastian Aho (the Finnish one). [TSN]
  • What impact will the smaller goaltender equipment have on scoring? [Sportsnet]
  • A look at the NHL’s five most expensive forward lines. [Sportsnet]
  • Slava Voynov has officially petitioned the NHL for reinstatement. [ESPN]
  • Gary Bettman is planning regular season games in Prague and Stockholm in the future. [ESPN]
  • Lauren Boyle, wife of Brian, is the NHL’s Hockey Fights Cancer Ambassador for 2018-19. [NHL.com]
  • The Charlotte Checkers had their practice interrupted today, but I think they’re OK with how it happened.