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Friday Habs Headlines: “I got the one team I wanted” — Brendan Gallagher is happy to stay

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In today’s links, Brendan Gallagher says he doesn’t do well with change, wondering when Phillip Danault’s contract situation will be resolved, and Patrik Laine’s future with the Jets hasn’t gotten any clearer.

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Montreal Canadiens news and notes

  • It might have only lasted 24 hours, but that rough patch in contract negotiations weighed heavily on Brendan Gallagher’s mind. [CBC]
  • Gallagher’s extension seals the deal: the Habs are a “win-now” team. [The Hockey News]
  • Cayden Primeau falls two positions to number seven in Scott Wheeler’s top 10 goaltender prospects list. [The Athletic]
  • After a flurry of contract activity, Phillip Danault may have to wait a bit longer for his turn with Marc Bergevin. [La Presse]
  • Before facing off against the club from behind the Los Angeles Kings bench in 1993, Barry Melrose was a Montreal Canadiens draft pick. [RDS]

Around the league and elsewhere

  • People who point to declining ratings for sporting events this summer are missing — or not interested in — the big picture. [The Athletic]
  • Patrik Laine’s future with the Winnipeg Jets looks cloudy at best. [TSN]
  • Who would be the favourites in an all-Canadian NHL division? [TSN]
  • While the Habs have made great strides this off-season, the team that eliminated them from the post-season has stayed pat — to the consternation of some of their fans. [Broad Street Hockey]
  • Free agency has exposed once again the old truth about the NHL: for all of the talk of family and fraternity, it’s a business in the end. [ESPN]
  • Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane are not pleased that the Chicago Blackhawks are entering a rebuild. [ProHockeyTalk]
  • Players past and present showed their appreciation for Willie O’Ree on the trailblazer’s 85th birthday. [NHL.com]