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Friday Habs Headlines: No mid-season contract negotiations for Max Pacioretty

In today’s links, Pacioretty will not negotiate a new contract during the season, rookie camp starts in Laval, and the Blue Jackets secure their front office for the future.

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Montreal Canadiens news and notes

  • Max Pacioretty will not negotiate a new contract during the season, claiming that it would be a distraction from on-ice performance. [TSN]
  • Other members of the Canadiens are caught in the storm of the Pacioretty situation. [Sportsnet]
  • Time is running out for the Habs and for Pacioretty, although the captain assumes he’ll be here in October. [La Presse]
  • Rookie camp begins in Laval. [Radio-Canada]
  • With all eyes on Jesperi Kotkaniemi, Mathias Brunet reflects on some of the more less heralded prospects who have made it - and some of the players who couldn’t live up to the hype. [La Presse]
  • Michael McNiven was a very fit teenager apparently.
  • Victor Mete is hyped for training camp.
  • Alexander Romanov is starting to showcase his talents with the Army Men. [Patrik Bexell]

Around the league and elsewhere

  • The Columbus Blue Jackets announced multi-year contract extensions for general manager Jarmo Kekalainen, president of hockey operations Bill Davidson, and Bill Zito - newly promoted to associate general manager. [TSN]
  • Nate Schmidt’s suspension has opened up questions about the effectiveness of the NHL’s drug testing policy. [The Athletic]
  • Behind the scenes on what it took to get Ryan Ellis signed in Nashville. [The Athletic]
  • Martin Necas talks about the upcoming season. [Canes Country]
  • Despite marijuana’s legal status changing in Canada, Bill Daly says the NHL has no plans to revisit its marijuana policy. [ESPN]
  • The New York Islanders will receive a tax break for their Nassau Coliseum project. [ProHockeyTalk]
  • Ben Scrivens has been named University of Denver Hockey Team Manager.