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

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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.

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]