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Saturday Habs Headlines: The Canadiens will not be opening their practice rink to begin Phase 2

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In today’s links, the ice at the Bell Sports Complex will not be available to players on Monday, Shea Weber jumps in a 2003 redraft, comparing the NBA’s return-to-play plan with the NHL’s, and more.

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Montreal Canadiens news and notes

  • While Phase 2, the voluntary reopening of practice facilities, begins on Monday, the Canadiens will not have ice available for the few players currently in the Montreal area. [TSN]
  • How each team is approaching the voluntary Phase 2 of the return-to-play plan. [The Athletic]
  • Shea Weber goes fifth overall to the Buffalo Sabres in a 2003 redraft. [NHL.com]
  • Brendan Gallagher connected with fans in a virtual environment. [YouTube]
  • Phillip Danault and Max Domi decided to spread some cheer among patients at a long-term care facility. [YouTube]
  • An NHL comparable for each of the Habs’ top 10 prospects. [The Athletic]

Around the league and elsewhere

  • A discussion among several hockey fans of colour regarding the NHL players’ and teams’ responses to the Black Lives Matter protests. [The Athletic]
  • The Toronto Maple Leafs have already begun coronavirus testing before Phase 2 begins. [Sportsnet]
  • Would the NBA’s playoff structure be a better option than the 24-team, best-of-five play-in series that the NHL came up with? [Sportsnet]
  • A member of one of the few teams not participating in the playoff format, Kyle Okposo has undergone knee surgery to be ready for 2020-21. [Sportsnet]
  • Play-by-play announcer Chris Cuthbert is now employed by Sportsnet, and will be on the call whenever the NHL resumes. [Sportsnet]
  • After years with the U20 squad, Valery Bragin is now in charge of Russia’s men’s team. [NBC Sports]
  • The physiological effects of missing sports. [Regina Leader-Post]