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Sunday Habs Headlines: Battle on the blue line

In today’s links, Mete and Ouellet may have new contracts but they still have a big challenge ahead of them to earn a spot, Quebec players drafted by the Habs over the past 35 years, free agency fun continues, and more.

NHL: FEB 02 Blue Jackets at Canadiens Photo by David Kirouac/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Montreal Canadiens News and Notes

  • Victor Mete and Xavier Ouellet may have new contracts, but they’ll be part of a six-man battle for the final two defence spots on the roster. [Montreal Gazette]
  • Zoom call highlights after Mete and Ouellet each signed contracts with the Canadiens on the opening day of free agency. [NHL]
  • Catch what Mete had to say in more detail with his full Zoom call. [NHL]
  • Ouellet had more to say too. [NHL]
  • Taylor Hall, Mike Hoffman and Mattias Janmark are still on the Habs radar. [TSN]
  • Janmark could be a nice addition to the Habs. [TSN]
  • Drafted players from Quebec made by the Habs in the last 35 years. [Journal de Montreal]

Around the League and Elsewhere

  • The Boston Bruins signed Nashville Predators winger Craig Smith to three-year, $9.3M deal on Saturday. [Sportsnet]
  • Quick-hit thoughts on each notable move made on Day 1 of free agency. [Sportsnet]
  • Unrestricted free agent Alex Pietrangelo says the St. Louis Blues’ decision to sign UFA defenseman Torey Krug caught him off guard. [NHL]
  • Pietrangelo was en route to Las Vegas on Saturday to chat with the Golden Knights, one of the teams vying for his services. [Sportsnet]
  • Can’t blame him there!
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