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Saturday Habs Headlines: The final pre-season game could be critical for a few players

In today’s links, Kotkaniemi’s fate with the team lies with the final pre-season game, Schlemko’s injury, and more.

NHL: Preseason-Montreal Canadiens at Toronto Maple Leafs Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports

Montreal Canadiens news and notes

  • One more pre-season game to go, various decisions left to be made for Canadiens management. [Canadiens]
  • Jesperi Kotkaniemi’s fate is the big topic at hand these days. [Montreal Gazette]
  • With Finnish players Artturi Lehkonen, Joel Armia and Antti Niemi, Kotkaniemi is surrounded by fellow countrymen who can mentor him during his time in the NHL. [Gazette]
  • David Schlemko’s injury could de-rail the early part of the Canadiens season. [Sportsnet]

Around the league and elsewhere

  • The Predators hope that their top prospect won’t leave for Russia after being cut from camp. [TSN]
  • Who’s the most under pressure in the league going into this season? [TSN]
  • Which teams benefitted the most from this past free agency period? [Sportsnet]