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Sunday Habs Headlines: Canadiens are getting the band back together

In today’s links, Jonathan Drouin and Paul Byron highlight the group of players ready to start on-ice training, Phillip Danault matches up well with Sidney Crosby (and other elite forwards), and Youppi! gets his due.

NHL: JAN 03 Canucks at Canadiens Photo by Vincent Ethier/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Montreal Canadiens news and notes

  • Jonathan Drouin, Paul Byron, Charles Hudon, and Michael McNiven will be the first four players getting back into game shape when the Bell Sports Complex opens up in the coming days:
  • Phillip Danault fared very well when going up against Sidney Crosby and other elite opponents in 2019-20. [RDS]
  • Putting together Montreal’s All-Time team, with options limited to the club’s own draft selections. [The Hockey News]
  • Geoff Molson is sticking to his plan. [CBC]
  • Youppi! takes his place in the Mascot Hall of Fame today. [CTV News]

Around the league and elsewhere

  • Alex Ovechkin and Evgeni Malkin are chosen in their same positions in a 2004 redraft, while David Krejci jumps up into the top five. []
  • The NHL’s fan choice awards have been announced. []
  • Players in need of work visa extensions to play beyond the typical June 30 expiry date are “strongly encouraged” to be back in North America within the next week. [Sportsnet]
  • A member of the Arizona Coyotes’ staff has tested positive for the coronavirus. [TSN]