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Wednesday Habs Headlines: Contemplating the opening night lineup

In today’s links, raising questions about who will and who won’t be on the ice for the Habs on opening night, Corey Perry introduces himself to Montreal, and the NHL’s new season hasn’t yet escaped the pandemic’s grip.

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Montreal Canadiens news and notes

  • Will Alexander Romanov debut early? Will Ryan Poehling earn a spot? These, and other questions surrounding the Habs lineup as training camp approaches. [Sportsnet]
  • Dom Luszczyszyn previews the 2020-21 Montreal Canadiens. [The Athletic]
  • A shortened season highlighted by playoff-esque intensity is perfect for Corey Perry. [Athletique]
  • Perry is excited to play on a Canadian-based NHL team for the first time. [CBC Sports]
  • The veteran also sees similarities between the Habs and his former club, the Dallas Stars. [Radio-Canada]
  • Does the winger have enough to revive his career though? [La Presse]
  • Perry and Michael Frolik appear to have been acquired to address specific weaknesses. [RDS]

Around the league and elsewhere

  • Enclosed rinks, colder temperatures, and an accelerating virus: the NHL’s Covid-19 protocols are hitting some snags. [The Athletic]
  • Unsurprisingly, the pandemic dominated the top 10 Canadian sports media stories of 2020. [The Athletic]
  • Jonathan Toews is out indefinitely with an undisclosed illness. [Sportsnet]
  • Winnipeg Jets general manager Kevin Cheveldayoff expects Patrik Laine to have one of the best years of his career. [TSN]
  • Recapping the year’s biggest trades and free agent moves. [ProHockeyTalk]