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Wednesday Habs Headlines: Montreal wants to play faster this season

In today’s links, a look at the Canadiens’ tactical adjustments as they try to play with more speed, Kotkaniemi continues to make his case to stay in Montreal, and Mike Keenan talks about his prostate cancer diagnosis.

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Montreal Canadiens v Tampa Bay Lightning Photo by Mike Carlson/Getty Images

Montreal Canadiens news and notes

  • The Habs have made sweeping tactical changes in an attempt to play faster this season. [Sportsnet]
  • Xavier Ouellet and Michael Chaput are hoping to stay in Montreal rather than move to Laval. [RDS]
  • As Jesperi Kotkaniemi continues to impress, the Habs face a difficult decision. [Montreal Gazette]
  • Kotkaniemi is certainly making his case to stay though. [Sportsnet]
  • Alexander Romanov is proving himself in the KHL with every game. [The Athletic]
  • Karl Alzner is hoping for a bounce-back season as he turns 30. [Montreal Gazette]
  • Peter Popovic is excited for fan mail that provided money for the return postage.

Around the league and elsewhere

  • Corey Perry and Artemi Panarin headline a list of ten players who could be potentially traded this season. [Journal de Montreal]
  • The gap between elite and very good goalies is disappearing, if the results of an GM/coach survey ranking the 31 starting goaltenders in the league is any indication. [The Athletic]
  • Down Goes Brown has most of the Atlantic Division as bottom feeders this year. [The Athletic]
  • Connor McDavid is the top player in the NHL again this year, according to TSN’s Top 50 Player Rankings. [TSN]
  • Eugene Melnyk and Sharks owner Hasso Plattner played opposite but equally important roles in making the Erik Karlsson trade happen. [31 Thoughts - Sportsnet]
  • Can the Arizona Coyotes avoid a start like last year’s 1-12-1 stretch with Alex Galchenyuk injured? [ProHockeyTalk]
  • William Nylander’s continued absence from training camp is becoming a topic of conversation among his teammates. [Sportsnet]
  • Matt Duchene is not pleased by the Ottawa Senators’ decision to waive veteran Zach Smith. [TSN]
  • Mike Keenan is battling prostate cancer and is making his fight public in order to spread awareness. [TSN]
  • Where does Gritty rank among the league’s mascots? [ESPN]
  • A behind the scenes look at Gritty’s conception and development. [NBC Sports Philadelphia]
  • The Toronto Furies have released their roster for the 2018-19 season. [Toronto Furies]