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Saturday Habs Headlines: Canadiens still in the mix for Jake Gardiner

In today’s links, looking at the options of the top UFA defenceman remaining, Suzuki’s All-Star comparisons, Poehling’s approach, and Caufield’s first goal of 2019-20.

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Montreal Canadiens news and notes

  • Jake Gardiner is still a free agent and several teams are vying for his services, including Montreal. [Sportsnet]
  • See what the “Bicep Club” was really doing on the draft floor this summer. []
  • Jonathan Drouin’s second annual golf tournament raised over $400,000 for charity. [Le Journal de Montreal]
  • Is Nick Suzuki in line to be the Canadiens’ Ryan O’Reilly? [Le Journal de Montreal]
  • Ryan Poehling is just going to trust his game to speak for itself at training camp, and see where that gets him. [Sportsnet]
  • Pat Hickey offers his reasons for why Andrei Markov should be brought back. [Montreal Gazette]
  • Matthew Peca expected to play a similar offensive role to what he had in his AHL days when he came to Montreal as a free agent last summer. Now he knows his place in the NHL is as a bottom-six forward, and he adjusted his approach in the off-season accordingly. [RDS]
  • The Canadiens land in sixth place in Corey Pronman’s annual farm system rankings. [The Athletic]
  • The Wisconsin Badgers have played a game, and that means Cole Caufield has scored a goal:
  • Ray Ferraro was impressed with the play, noting the timing he showed, something that our David St-Louis has been pointing out since first compiling his draft profile:
  • Read more about the man who will be setting up plenty more goals from Caufield in Wisconsin this season: Alex Turcotte. [Montreal Gazette]

Around the league and elsewhere

  • The NHL has decided not to exercise its option to reopen the Collective Bargaining Agreement in 2020. [Twitter]
  • The early decision suggests that the league as a whole and its owners are satisfied with the current state of affairs. Now it’s up to the NHLPA to make its decision on the matter in about two weeks’ time. [Sportsnet]
  • Ben Lovejoy has announced his retirement. []