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Wednesday Habs Headlines: Jesperi Kotkaniemi shows off new wheels at practice

In today’s links, Jesperi Kotkaniemi’s improved skating hasn’t escaped the eyes of his coach, comparing the Habs and Pens down the middle, and the full schedule for the qualifying round is released.

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NHL: JUL 14 Canadiens Training Camp Photo by David Kirouac/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Montreal Canadiens news and notes

  • Are the Habs potential dark horses enjoying a new lease on life? [Sportsnet (Video)]
  • How much the Habs surprise people will hinge, as seemingly always, on Carey Price. [Sportsnet]
  • The Canadiens and agent Dan Milstein are racing to get Alexander Romanov a visa to enter Canada before the bubble closes. [The Athletic]

Around the league and elsewhere

  • Hub city transformations are intensifying as August approaches. [TSN]
  • The full schedule for the qualifying round has been announced. [CBC]
  • All the focus has been on the 5-12 seeds, but what about the top four teams in the East? [TSN]
  • Auston Matthews has become the reluctant face of NHL players who have tested positive for Covid-19. [The Athletic]
  • Pucks — but also masks — were prevalent as 24 NHL teams opened training camps for the second time in the 2019-20 season. [ProHockeyTalk]
  • With wife Julie scheduled to deliver the couple’s second child on August 8, Lars Eller intends to leave the Toronto bubble and return after the birth. [ESPN]
  • The year was 1987, and the University of Manitoba welcomed a rookie head coach named Barry Trotz. [The Athletic]
  • From picking a new design to filing the necessary paperwork with the league: how do you change a team name? [The Athletic]
  • Nate Schmidt of the Vegas Golden Knights talks about life in the bubble and Las Vegas missing out on being a hub city. [TSN]
  • Leon Draisaitl, Artemi Panarin, and Nathan MacKinnon are the finalists for the Ted Lindsay Award. [Sportsnet]