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Friday Habs Headlines: Brendan Gallagher says NHLPA has not discussed a July restart

In today’s links, Gallagher talks about the current state of the season, Tomas Tatar is promoting a Bratislava mask company, and how the current game is rewarding smart players.

Montreal Canadiens v New York Islanders Photo by Mike Stobe/NHLI via Getty Images

Montreal Canadiens news and notes

  • According to Brendan Gallagher, the NHLPA has not discussed the possibility of a July return yet. [Sportsnet]
  • Gallagher says Gary Bettman is “very motivated” to settle the 2019-20 season on the ice. [TSN]
  • Gallagher’s summer will be made more interesting by the fact that he will technically be eligible for a contract extension on July 1, 2020. [La Presse]
  • Could Patrick Roy’s exit been prevented, and if the Nordiques had not moved to Denver, where could Roy have gone? [ProHockeyTalk]
  • Tomas Tatar is promoting the efforts of Bratislava-based mask maker SilverMask to fight Covid-19 spread in Slovakia. [Montreal Canadiens]
  • During social distancing, we should all stay one “Shea Weber’s stick-length” away from each other. [Montreal Canadiens]
  • Victor Mete and Nick Suzuki will represent the Habs in an NHL20 Player Gaming Challenge.

Around the league and elsewhere

  • Covid-19 is presenting a challenge like no other for Bettman. [Sportsnet]
  • The modern game, based on skill and speed, is rewarding more cerebrally-adept players. [Sportsnet]
  • “They haven’t gotten tired of me yet.” Bobby Ryan opens up on life in isolation in Idaho. [TSN]
  • What is the long-term outlook for the Tampa Bay Lightning? [ProHockeyTalk]
  • Even if the NHL returns to action this year, Winnipeg won’t be hosting any of the games. [CBC]
  • A women’s hockey league will only survive with the assistance of the NHL, says Jayna Hefford. [CBC]