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Friday Habs Headlines: Danault or Suzuki at the top of the lineup?

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In today’s links, wondering who should be the Canadiens’ de facto top centre, a pair of prospects talk about an unusual offseason, and how do the Blues fill a Pietrangelo-sized hole on their blueline?

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

Montreal Canadiens news and notes

  • Should the Habs prioritize Nick Suzuki as the #1 centre this season? [The Hockey Writers]
  • Rafaël Harvey-Pinard and Alexandre Alain are making sure that they are ready for hockey’s return. [La Presse]
  • Harvey-Pinard and Alain are also catching up with academic pursuits while they await the start of the AHL campaign. [Radio-Canada]
  • Hayden Verbeek has left the Slovak Extraliga.

Around the league and elsewhere

  • How much does a rookie season affect the trajectory of a teenage NHLer going forward? [TSN]
  • Bayne Pettinger is a young player agent and a former Hockey Canada manager. He’s also gay, something that he worried about revealing to the hockey world for a long time. [The Athletic]
  • What can the St. Louis Blues do to offset the departure of Alex Pietrangelo? [ProHockeyTalk]
  • A look at four players who might benefit from their extended layoffs. [Sportsnet]
  • Six NHL teams that could be either quite good or quite bad next season, according to Down Goes Brown. [The Athletic]
  • When his time in the NHL is over, Alexander Ovechkin would like a swansong with his childhood Dynamo Moscow. [Sportsnet]
  • What can sports learn from its time in the bubble? [ProHockeyTalk]