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Wednesday Habs Headlines: Are Max Pacioretty contract talks at an end?

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In today’s links, wondering if Max Pacioretty’s days as a member of the Habs are almost over, looking at what Luke Richardson brings to the Canadiens bench, and Nikita Kucherov will be a Bolt for a few years to come.

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Montreal Canadiens news and notes

  • Max Pacioretty’s contract negotiations with Marc Bergevin appear to be at an end, with the Canadiens intent on engineering a trade for the captain sooner rather than later. [TSN (Video) | RDS | The Athletic | Montreal Gazette | EOTP]
  • The ability to effectively communicate with young players is the tie connecting the newest additions to the Habs coaching staff this off-season. [The Athletic]
  • The vision of Luke Richardson, the final piece to the Canadiens’ coaching puzzle for 2018-19. [RDS]
  • Jose Theodore argues that the Shea Weber injury was a missed opportunity for the Canadiens to demonstrate their newly touted transparency. [Journal de Montreal]
  • Tomas Plekanec’s Achilles’ heel is the shootout. [Journal de Montreal]
  • Samuel Houde is still riding high after being drafted by the Canadiens. [Journal de Montreal]
  • Mike Weaver cherishes his time in Montreal, and remembers that Game 7 victory over the Boston Bruins in 2014 with particular fondness. [Montreal Canadiens]
  • Charlie Lindgren talks about some of his favourite things, from cars to music to clothing. [Montreal Canadiens]
  • The Laval Rocket will start their season on October 6 in Providence, with their home opener on October 12 vs. Binghamton. [Andrew Zadarnowski]
  • Artturi Lehkonen’s been keeping busy on the tennis courts at the Spirit Cup Turku. [Instagram]

Around the league and elsewhere

  • With Artemi Panarin possibly on his way out, the Columbus Blue Jackets should consider retaining the talented Russian and going all-in this year. [The Cannon]
  • Signing Nikita Kucherov is just another phase of the Yzerplan. [Raw Charge]
  • Kucherov’s new contract is very team friendly. [Sportsnet]
  • Sam Hallam, head coach of the Växjö Lakers of the SHL, chatted with Patrik Bexell about Elias Petterson [Soundcloud (Audio)]
  • Through the ECHL’s Newfoundland Growlers, the Toronto Maple Leafs are cultivating an old relationship with a city and an island. [The Athletic]
  • The third edition of Sports Illustrated’s Fashionable 50 is out, featuring P.K. Subban and Henrik Lundqvist. [Sports Illustrated]
  • Nic Petan of the Winnipeg Jets might be getting another chance to crack the NHL lineup. [The Hockey Writers]
  • What is the NHL’s future in eSports? [ESPN]