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In today’s links, the focus is now on Jordan Weal as the Habs lock up Nate Thompson, wondering if the Senators have intentions with Dominique Ducharme, and fallout from a chaotic first round that no one predicted.

NHL: New York Islanders at Montreal Canadiens Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports

Montreal Canadiens news and notes

  • With Nate Thompson and Christian Folin signed, all eyes now turn to Jordan Weal. [Pierre LeBrun]
  • Thompson in particular is extremely excited to be back. [Eric Engels]

Around the league and elsewhere

  • George McPhee says that the NHL apologized for the call on Cody Eakin in game 7. [Sportsnet]
  • The burning question in the Centre of the Universe: is it time to fire Mike Babcock? [Pension Plan Puppets]
  • Babcock wasn’t helped by his biggest stars coming up short. [TSN]
  • The Tampa Bay Lightning’s future up front look bright with a pair of hidden gems in the AHL. [The Athletic]
  • Six things we learned in round one. [Sportsnet]
  • A look at some stunning numbers from a stunning first round. [ProHockeyTalk]
  • Analyzing the chaos that was a first round for the ages. [The Athletic]
  • The eight deadly sins of the first round — one for each eliminated team. [Deadspin]
  • Early favourites for the Conn Smythe Trophy. [ProHockeyTalk]
  • Peter Laviolette offered a comprehensive response when faced with questions about the Nashville Predators power play woes. [Robby Stanley]

Friday’s game schedule

Toronto Blue Jays vs. Oakland Athletics

Vladimir Guerrero, Jr.’s debut
Start time: 7:07 PM EDT / 4:07 PM PDT
In Canada: Sportsnet One, MLB Network, MLB.tv (free game)

Game 1: Carolina Hurricanes @ New York Islanders

Start time: 7:00 PM EDT / 4:00 PM PDT
In Canada: CBC, Sportsnet (English), TVA Sports (French)
In the USA: NBCSN
Elsewhere: NHL.tv / Rogers NHL Live

Game 1: Colorado Avalanche @ San Jose Sharks

Start time: 10:00 PM EDT / 7:00 PM PDT
In Canada: CBC, Sportsnet (English), TVA Sports (French)
In the USA: NBCSN
Elsewhere: NHL.tv / Rogers NHL Live