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Sunday Habs Headlines: We may need to abandon the concept of numbered lines

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In today’s links, some classification issues, keeping the roster together, the challenge of a new season, and talks of changing the draft lottery.

Montreal Canadiens v Ottawa Senators Photo by Jana Chytilova/Freestyle Photography/Getty Images

Montreal Canadiens news and notes

  • With the forward quality the Canadiens’ now possess, numbering the lines may be a pointless exercise. [La Presse]
  • Tomas Tatar may be a top candidate to get selected by the Seattle Kraken, but the impact of his loss shouldn’t be dismissed so easily. [Journal de Quebec]
  • Bridge deals and prospect graduations will be the key to keeping the current group of players together for several years. [The Athletic]
  • Four teams from around the globe that could serve as inspiration for Geoff Molson to improve the Canadiens organization. [La Presse]
  • The relatively long-term contracts for the majority of the Canadiens roster gives Claude Julien the confidence to run a robust system. [La Presse]
  • Jake Allen will spend much of his time in Montreal watching Carey Price, something that served as inspiration for him just after being drafted. [La Presse]

Around the league and elsewhere

  • While the double bubble for the 2020 post-season was difficult to pull off, a less restricted plan for a full 2020-21 slate would be a much more difficult challenge. [The Athletic]
  • The veterans in Chicago may be unhappy with the sudden claims that the team is in a rebuild, but their head coach, Jeremy Colliton, needs them to buy in to the new direction. [NHL.com]
  • Josh Leivo has signed with the Calgary Flames. [Matchsticks & Gasoline]
  • Cap space is still a major issue for many teams in the NHL. How 10 of them can escape the pressure. [Sportsnet]
  • After the New York Rangers leapfrogged 13 teams from their final standings position to pick Alexis Lafrenière, changes to the draft lottery were a hot topic at the recent GM meetings. [TSN]