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Friday Habs Headlines: The Canadiens are ahead of schedule

In today’s links, why the Habs should be contending for the playoffs, looking to put the Sebastian Aho saga behind them, and Jaromir Jagr is wearing many hats... along with his 45-lb training vest.

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NHL: SEP 28 Preseason - Senators at Canadiens Photo by David Kirouac/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Montreal Canadiens news and notes

  • The Habs and Canes both were hoping to put l’affaire Aho in the rearview mirror. [Sportsnet]
  • With Keith Kinkaid aboard, can the Habs finally afford to give Carey Price fewer than 60 starts this season? [TSN]
  • The Canadiens are ahead of schedule and looking for a playoff berth this season. [Sportsnet]
  • Is this a make-or-break year for Claude Julien? [RDS]
  • The pessimist’s... and optimist’s guide to the 2019-20 Canadiens. [The Athletic]
  • Marc Bergevin talks about the power play, his veterans, and his rookies. [TSN (Video)]
  • With Ben Chiarot, Cale Fleury, and Nick Suzuki making their debuts, 908 players have now donned the bleu-blanc-et-rouge and hit the ice in a regular season game.

Around the league and elsewhere

  • Five eagerly anticipated early-season grudge matches. [Sportsnet]
  • Matt Duchene talks about the transition to Nashville and fatherhood. [ProHockeyTalk]
  • Is Alex Pietrangelo underrated? [The Hockey News]
  • How are the Philadelphia Flyers bench staff, consisting of a head coach and two former head coaches, handling having multiple cooks in the kitchen? [The Athletic]
  • “I do everything,” the story of Kladno HC owner, general manager, scout, marketer, public relations officer, and player... Jaromir Jagr. [The Athletic]
  • The behind-the-scenes look at how the St. Louis Blues’ banner was made. [The Athletic]
  • Revisiting Jason Allison and the NHL’s first-ever shootout. [ (Video)]
  • Congratulations are in order to Erik and Melinda Karlsson!