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Saturday Habs Headlines: Canadiens’ playoff run begins on August 1

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In today’s links, Montreal will be back in action in three weeks, NHLers will return to the Olympics, salary cap impacts Habs’ rivals, and more.

NHL: OCT 06 Canadiens at Penguins Photo by Jeanine Leech/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Montreal Canadiens news and notes

  • After four months of no hockey, there’s about to be a whole lot of it starting on August 1, with Montreal and Pittsburgh as a feature matchup:
  • Here’s how the team, including newest addition Jeff Petry, were preparing for that opening game yesterday. [YouTube]
  • Carey Price could get another chance to lead Canada to gold, as Olympic participation was one of the terms agreed to in the new CBA discussions. []
  • Turning prospects into NHL players is a process, one that Joël Bouchard tries to balance with the need to win hockey games at the same time. []
  • News of a potential ECHL affiliate in Trois-Rivières will help address an issue that came to the fore for Montreal — and specifically Michael McNiven — this year. [The Athletic]
  • EOTP’s Patrik Bexell reported that Lukas Vejdemo will not be flying back to Montreal to vie for a spot on the qualification roster:

Around the league and elsewhere

  • The NHL Draft will take place from October 9 to 10. []
  • Travis Hamonic is the first player to opt out of playing in the post-season. []
  • The news of a flat salary cap is a blow to the Tampa Bay Lightning. [Raw Charge]
  • They’re not the only team that will be feeling the effects. [Sportsnet]
  • Three members of the U.S. National Team Development Program have tested positive for COVID-19. [The Athletic]
  • Pavel Datsyuk has signed a one-year contract in the KHL. [NBC Sports]
  • Henrik Lundqvist will be sporting a new mask design in the future: