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Saturday Habs Headlines: Depth at all positions makes Montreal a contender

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In today’s links the critical role of redundancy in sports, Danault’s future, some more signings, and some details on a 2020-21 season.

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Montreal Canadiens news and notes

  • Montreal now has a good deal of redundancy throughout the lineup to handle the rigours of a playoff run. [Montreal Gazette]
  • They also have the quality to pose a proper post-season challenge. [The Hockey News]
  • All the recent moves have made it more difficult for prospects to crack the roster. [La Presse]
  • The young centres are quickly developing, which means Phillip Danault’s value may be dropping, but not his importance. [La Presse]
  • Perhaps you can consider the remainder of his contract a one-year “prove-it” deal. [The Athletic]
  • Far from the combative demeanour he’s shown in other press conferences during his tenure, Marc Bergevin was emotional while discussing Brendan Gallagher’s extension. [Montreal Gazette]

Around the league and elsewhere

  • Some of the rough details for a 2020-21 NHL season. [TVA Sports]
  • If the schedule is as packed as the recent post-season slate, injuries will be a major concern, which raises questions about how much the safety of the players is being considered. [The Link]
  • Joe Thornton has signed a one-year deal with Toronto Maple Leafs. [Pension Plan Puppets]
  • Quinton Byfiled has signed his entry-level contract with the Los Angeles Kings. [NHL.com]
  • Nolan Patrick, the second overall pick in 2017, has signed his one-year qualifying offer. [Broad Street Hockey]
  • Marc-Andre Fleury has Robin Lehner’s back. [NHL.com]