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Wednesday Habs Headlines: The stagnation of the Canadiens

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In today’s links, an uneventful July 1 has the media worried, development camp wraps up, and Tavares and O’Reilly fallout from around the league.

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Montreal Canadiens news and notes

  • The more things change, the more they stay the same, writes José Théodore regarding the stagnation of the Canadiens. [Journal de Montreal | Google Translate]
  • Change was the promise at the end of the season, but the Canadiens are essentially unchanged right now. [The Athletic]
  • How will the Habs line up in 2018-19? [Journal de Montreal]
  • The decline of the Canadiens empire. [Radio-Canada]
  • Marc Bergevin will once again have spare cap space this year. [Montreal Gazette]
  • No matter the lengths one goes to obscure the message, a rebuild can exist without saying the word. [RDS]
  • Jordan Harris is a prospect worth keeping an eye on. [Montreal Gazette]
  • Alexandre Grenier knows how lucky he is to be able to join the Laval Rocket. [Journal de Montreal]
  • Seventh-rounder Cayden Primeau is proving to be a hidden gem. [Montreal Gazette]
  • Cam Lee wants to thank the Canadiens for a great development camp. [Cam Lee]
  • Remembering René Lecavalier, the voice of hockey in French Canada. [Radio-Canada]

Around the league and elsewhere

  • The Carolina Hurricanes have signed Calvin de Haan to a four-year contract. [Canes Country | Lighthouse Hockey]
  • Looking at the six teams which have improved the most so far this off-season. [ProHockeyTalk]
  • How good are GMs at actually getting value from the contracts they hand out to UFAs? [Winging It In Motown]
  • Saskatchewan-native and former NHLer Nathan Oystrick has been named the head coach of the Humboldt Broncos. [ESPN]
  • Ten potential trade destinations for Erik Karlsson. [Sportsnet]
  • Examining how the Toronto Maple Leafs, now with John Tavares, stack up at centre versus the rest of the league. [The Athletic]
  • Tavares’s move to the “centre of the universe” will change the balance of power in the NHL. [TSN]
  • For two years, Dan Saraceni had been compiling every ludicrous and farfetched John Tavares rumour in a document originally - and ironically - titled “The Complete Encyclopedia of John Tavares Telling the Toronto Maple Leafs to Get Lost.” He can finally put the Tavares Encyclopedia to rest now. [Lighthouse Hockey]
  • Given that they’re supposed to be rebuilding, the Vancouver Canucks giving significant salary and term to the likes of Jay Beagle and Antoine Roussel is raising eyebrows. [TSN]
  • Tyler Bozak opens up about what the city of Toronto has meant to him, as well as what it’s like to live with Phil Kessel, as the former Leaf heads to St. Louis. [The Players’ Tribune]
  • Newest Blues acquisition Ryan O’Reilly says he has “a spark” in him now. [Sportsnet]
  • Weighing the reaction to the return for ROR. [Die by the Blade]
  • So, what’s everyone been up to this off-season, asks the NHL to the players? [Instagram]
  • Assistant equipment manager Craig Leydig had just finished an interview with the Capital Gazette when the shooting incident which claimed the lives of five journalists occurred. On Tuesday, he brought the Stanley Cup to their temporary headquarters. [Baltimore Sun]