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Thursday Habs Headlines: Canadiens have no intention of hiring a team president

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In today’s links, Geoff Molson is satisfied with the structure of his organization, Chiarot looks forward big play-in role, Alexis Lafrenière wins another major award, and more.

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Montreal Canadiens news and notes

  • Geoff Molson plans to keep the Canadiens’ upper management structure intact, with no hiring of a team president. [Montreal Gazette]
  • Stu Cowan points out that the current plan isn’t exactly working for the organization. [Montreal Gazette]
  • Molson is also preparing for the possibility that the 2020-21 season may not have fans in the stands at the start. [La Presse]
  • Ben Chiarot is not only looking forward to the Canadiens’ play-in series, but getting to play a big role in it. [Hamilton Spectator]
  • “[I}f that doesn’t happen, then yeah, the tank will be running pretty low,“ Karl Alzner says regarding his drive to reclaim an NHL spot if his fortunes don’t turn for next season. [The Athletic]
  • The Canadiens’ “Rise Together” fundraiser has raised over $100,000 to help battle the coronavirus. [NHL.com]
  • Jake Guentzel is confident he’ll be ready to face Montreal when the play-ins begin. [TSN]

Around the league and elsewhere

  • For the second year in a row, Alexis Lafrenière is named the CHL’s Player of the Year. [CHL]
  • EOTP’s Julian McKenzie reports that despite EA Sports’ public statement that the company would be taking online abuse more seriously, players are still seeing offensive comments in-game. [Winnipeg Free Press]
  • Confident in its COVID-19 response, British Columbia is backing a bid for Vancouver to be a playoff hub city. [Sportsnet]
  • Nathan MacKinnon says Artemiy Panarin should be the winner of the Hart Trophy this season. [NHL.com]
  • Looking at the last players to wear number 0/00 in the NHL. [NHL.com]