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Tuesday Habs Headlines: What to do about Kotka?

Jesperi Kotkaniemi has certainly made a case for himself, so what are the Habs going to do? Brian Gionta retires, Les Canadiennes announce their first game, and more.

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Montreal Canadiens news and notes

  • Jesperi Kotkaniemi has been absolutely terrific in the pre-season, but should he remain in Montreal? [Le Journal de Montreal | Montreal Gazette]
  • Victor Mete’s success last season could prove a template for Kotkaniemi. [La Presse]
  • Mikey Reilly is hoping to stake a claim on one of the Habs’ NHL roster spots this year. [Le Journal de Montreal]
  • On a line with Brendan Gallagher and Phillip Danault, Tomas Tatar has made a strong case for himself. [Montreal Gazette]
  • Former captain Brian Gionta is hanging up his skates. [Twitter]
  • Les Canadiennes announce their season opener! [Twitter]
  • Good news on the injury front for Jake Evans, who is back in practice in a regular jersey. [Twitter]
  • Fresh off signing his new contract, prospect and Moose Jaw Warriors captain Josh Brook had a phenomenal week in the WHL. (There will be much more on that later today.) [Discover Moose Jaw]
  • The Rocket's piercing eyes are a prominent feature in Laval's dressing room. [CBC]
  • Paul Byron is definitely glad to be signed in Montreal for three more years. [Montreal Gazette]
  • Les Canadiennes forward Melanie Desrochers, and staff member Safia Ahmad have their own podcast! [Soundcloud]
  • Travis Yost takes a look at the top six players on every team, and how they stack up, while ESPN ranks all 31 forward groups. [TSN | ESPN]
  • Joey Alfieri previews the Atlantic division. [NBC Sports]

Around the league and elsewhere

  • Kyle Okposo opens up about his mental health struggles. [The Athletic]
  • Connor McDavid talks being chirped, fashion, and Edmonton. [GQ]
  • The Flyers unveiled their (terrifying) new mascot! [Twitter]
  • John Tavares — as we know — ultimately went with his heart when deciding on the Leafs. [Twitter]
  • The Athletic chatted with Calgary Inferno player Venla Hovi. [The Athletic]
  • Jersey shenanigans of the best sort seem to have taken place in Dallas, thanks to a fan and Alexander Radulov. [Sports Logos]
  • Our very own Julian McKenzie, and his co-host Tristan D’Amours, talked with Ryan Rishaug about the Humboldt Broncos on their podcast this week. [Soundcloud]
  • British hockey is on the up and up. [The Guardian]