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Friday Habs Headlines: How the team is trying to bring the fans’ passion into the bubble

In today’s links, the Canadiens are working on bringing as much fan energy into the bubble as possible, Andrew Shaw talks about his time in Montreal, and the NHL introduces the Seattle Kraken.

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Montreal Canadiens news and notes

  • Fans won’t be allowed physically in the arena, but the Canadiens organization is exploring ways to bring them inside the bubble. [Sportsnet]
  • The Habs are using video games as a way to pass the time. [Montreal Gazette]
  • Andrew Shaw says that Francophone fans are too hard on Francophone players. [TVA]
  • Heading to the penalty kill will be tantamount to playing with fire for the Canadiens. [Journal de Montreal]
  • Five observations from the first extensive look at the Habs’ special teams. [The Athletic]
  • Pittsburgh Penguins General Manager Jim Rutherford expects Matt Murray will start for the Pens against the Habs. [The Athletic]
  • A skilled, speedy winger, a two-way centre, and a goal-scoring grinder type with hands. It worked in Boston, and now Claude Julien is trying to replicate it in Montreal. [The Athletic]

Around the league and elsewhere

  • It’s official: Seattle releases the Kraken. [TSN | The Athletic]
  • How did Seattle keep the name under wraps? [The Athletic]
  • If the new Seattle franchise is looking for an example to emulate, they need look no further than the Vegas Golden Knights. [TSN]
  • Highlighting the outlier stats that may (or may not) determine each qualifying round series. [Sportsnet]
  • What can players expect once they arrive in Toronto? [The Athletic]
  • Jayce Hawryluk of the Ottawa Senators talks about contracting Covid-19 and why he disclosed his positive diagnosis. [The Athletic]
  • Combat sports are banned in Quebec, but that does not extend to hockey fights. [Journal de Montreal]
  • Ten people we are rooting for when the NHL comes back. [ESPN]