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Tuesday Habs Headlines: Glad Tidings

We come with tidings of great joy to all hockey fans! With the season actually forthcoming, it’s time for one more look at the Habs and the rest of the league, Gritty, Edmonton’s injuries, and more in today’s links

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Montreal Canadiens News and Notes

  • In a preview of the all-Canadian “North Division”, Montreal goes into the season with the distinction of being the most improved. [Sportsnet | Canadiens]
  • Now that there’s a date and a plan, we can start speculating how things will actually look for the Habs. [The Athletic | The Athletic]
  • Because of the new division alignments, some otherwise impossible — but highly entertaining — match ups are now possible in the Stanley Cup Final. [NBC Sports]
  • For all us Habs fans who are also Steve Dangle fans, our time has come! [Youtube]

Around the League and Elsewhere

  • The NHL and the NHLPA have agreed to try a 56 game season. We’ll see how it goes. Ottawa and Toronto may especially face difficulties. [Yahoo Sports, Yahoo Sports | TSN, TSN | CBC, CBC]
  • Now that there’s a real (if tentative) plan for the season, there is actually still plenty to talk about, including the possibility of an all-Canadian hub, logistics, and continued trade/free agent chatter. [Sportsnet] | ESPN | The Athletic]
  • With the re-aligned divisions, some are tougher than others. [NBC Sports | NHL]
  • Like so many others, the players awaiting the World Juniors haven’t played much this year. [Yahoo Sports]
  • That being said, Team Canada and Team Russia are looking forward to their warm-up game. [TVA]
  • What would happen if you drafted an entire team, coach, GM, players, and all, from scratch? [The Athletic]
  • The reigning Stanley Cup champions are still going to need to get under the cap. So how are the going to do that? [NBC Sports]
  • Turns out Gritty is still surprisingly popular in 2020, popular enough for a petition to allow him to be present at Flyers games to reach over 2,500 signatures. [NBC Sports]
  • Bad news for Edmonton, Oscar Klefbom will be out for the season with a shoulder injury. [CBC]