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Wednesday Habs Headlines: Accelerated plans

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In today’s links, Brendan Gallagher’s contract impasse, Marc Bergevin’s transformation of the Canadiens, and taking stock of the first week of free agency.

2019 NHL Draft - Round One Photo by Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty Images

Montreal Canadiens news and notes

  • The pandemic and the resulting bubble seem to have accelerated Marc Bergevin’s team-building plan. [La Presse]
  • Marc Bergevin hinted at a younger roster composition come 2021-22. [Montreal Gazette]
  • ICYMI: Contract talks between Brendan Gallagher and the Habs have broken off. [TSN | EotP]
  • Does this spell the beginning of the end for the sparkplug in the bleu-blanc-et-rouge? [TSN]
  • Seven months after the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in North America, the Canadiens are a transformed team. [La Presse]
  • With the acquisition of Josh Anderson and Tyler Toffoli, the purse strings are suddenly tightening for the Canadiens. [Radio-Canada]
  • Toffoli, for one, is ready to live under the Montreal microscope. [CTV Montreal]

Around the league and elsewhere

  • Signing Taylor Hall is a much needed win for the Buffalo Sabres. [TSN]
  • Meghan Duggan has retired, marking the end of a 14 year career that featured three Olympic medals and seven World Championships. [The Athletic]
  • The best and worst cap-era UFA contracts of every length. [The Athletic]
  • Winners and losers from the first week of unrestricted free agency. [Sportsnet]
  • Joe Sakic is walking a fine line, knowing that new contracts for Gabriel Landeskog and Cale Makar loom over the horizon. [ProHockeyTalk]
  • Winning the Stanley Cup might have been the easy part compared to what faces Julien BriseBois now. [ESPN]
  • Tim Stutzle will be sidelined 6-8 weeks after being injured in practice with Adler Mannheim. [Sportsnet]
  • The Champions Hockey League has cancelled its 2020-21 season. [Champions Hockey League]