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Monday Habs Headlines: Brendan Gallagher’s importance goes way beyond the scoresheet

In today’s links, the importance of Gallagher to the Habs, predicting opening-night lineup, Kotkaniemi and Ylonen’s play in Finland, and more.

Pittsburgh Penguins v Montreal Canadiens Photo by Mark Blinch/NHLI via Getty Images

Montreal Canadiens News and Notes

  • Marc Bergevin made a lot of big moves this offseason, but no move was more significant than his decision to sign Brendan Gallagher to a six-year contract extension. [The Hockey Writers]
  • Mattias Norlinder is a rising star in Montreal’s prospect pool. [EOTP]
  • In Andrew Zadarnowski’s return to the Weekend Game Plan, he discusses Jesperi Kotkaniemi’s and Jesse Ylönen’s play in Finland and the Habs’ defensive picture. [TSN 690]
  • Predicting what the Canadiens’ 2021-22 opening-night lineup will look like. [The Hockey Writers]
  • Serge Savard tells it like it is in his newly translated memoire “Serge Savard: Forever Canadien”. [The Star]

Around the League and Elsewhere

  • As part of their plan to celebrate and honour Native American people and groups, the Chicago Blackhawks will be reading a Land Acknowledgement statement before every home game and other team events. [Sportsnet]
  • Kyle Dubas doesn’t view trading Andreas Johnsson as a total salary-shedding decision, he also believes in the return, Joey Anderson. [Sportsnet]
  • Hall of Fame coach Brian Kilrea is having a hard time figuring out how a ban on body-checking in the OHL is going to work. [Ottawa Sun]
  • Twenty years ago, Val James became the first Black American to play in the NHL.