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Thursday Habs Headlines: Jonathan Drouin eager to discover his early-season form

In today’s links, Jonathan Drouin is healthy and ready to play at his best, looking at what Dustin Byfuglien could offer the Habs, and discussion on the state of the Buffalo Sabres franchise.

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Montreal Canadiens news and notes

  • Jonathan Drouin would like to forget about the difficulties he had in the 2019-20 season. [RDS]
  • But he would like to find the form he was showing before his year was derailed by injuries. []
  • Should a Dustin Byfuglien be considered by the Canadiens in free agency? [Sportsnet]
  • Drouin and a few other players in the organization were on the ice doing more actual hockey things yesterday:
  • Paul Byron shows you what their first day back at the facilities in Brossard was like on Tuesday []

Around the league and elsewhere

  • The pandemic could drop the NHL’s revenue to the level it was coming out of the most recent lockout; a decline of around 50%. [TSN]
  • Bruce Cassidy says the Boston Bruins may rest players in the top seeds’ round robin portion of the play-in phase. [TSN]
  • Interested in following an English Premier League team? Read a list of suggestions based on favourite NHL teams. [The Athletic]
  • Daniel Alfredsson deserves a spot in the Hockey Hall of Fame. [Sportsnet]
  • Several former Canadiens make the list of top free-agent signees of the past 15 years ... though not for their contracts with Montreal. [The Athletic]
  • The staff at sister site Die By The Blade try to make sense of the massive turnover the Buffalo Sabres have experienced. [DBTB]
  • Pierre LeBrun argues that firing two dozen people from several different departments just points to more of the lack of vision from Sabres ownership. [The Athletic]