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In today’s links, having patience with a 19-year-old centre, how Cole Caufield got to where he is, reaction to Carey Price’s headshot in Arizona, and more.

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Montreal Canadiens news and notes

  • Jesperi Kotkaniemi hasn’t followed up his rookie year with the sophomore performance many expected, but there’s plenty of time for him to develop into an impactful NHL player. [La Presse | Google Translate]
  • Cole Caufield got time on the ice when he was little thanks to his father’s job at the local rink, while his brother Brock made sure that time was well spent. [The Athletic]
  • All that work culminated in Cole’s NCAA debut in his home state, and his parents were there to take it all in. [The Athletic]
  • Spencer Knight, the goaltender from Caufield’s USNTDP team, explains just how difficult it is to deal with his shot. [Canadiens.com]
  • Ken Dryden and Scotty Bowman discussed their roles in the Habs’ dynasty while promoting their new book on the coach’s life. [The Link]
  • The hosts of the HI/O show list their early-season MVPs. [Montreal Gazette]
  • After getting caught with a skate against the Coyotes, should Carey Price have been removed to undergo the concussion protocol? [TSN]
  • Brendan Gallagher performed in his 500th game on Wednesday night the only way he knows how. [Sportsnet]

Around the league and elsewhere

  • A month into the NHL season, the Edmonton Oilers are still on top of the Western Conference. [NHL.com]
  • Dustin Byfuglien has had surgery on his ankle, which could be the first step toward a return to NHL action. [Winnipeg Free Press]
  • Remembering the life of Jim Gregory. [Sportsnet]
  • How will the Tampa Bay Lightning bounce back after a shocking playoff exit last year? This is how some other top teams recovered from poor post-season showings. [Featurd]