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Thursday Habs Headlines: Jesperi Kotkaniemi not expected to start season in Europe

In today’s links, a report on Kotkaniemi, reviewing Phillip Danault’s season, NHL Awards news, and the possibility of a World Juniors bubble.

Montreal Canadiens v Philadelphia Flyers - Game Two Photo by Mark Blinch/NHLI via Getty Images

Montreal Canadiens news and notes

  • Jesperi Kotkaniemi doesn’t seem likely to go to a European team to start the 2020-21 season:
  • Looking back at Phillip Danault’s season. []
  • Mattias Norlinder was in action yesterday, contributing some more offence:

Around the league and elsewhere

  • Bill Daly is still optimistic than an 82-game season will be played in 2020-21. [TSN]
  • EOTP’s Julian McKenzie looks at the cost of goaltending in the NHL Playoffs. [FiveThirtyEight]
  • Boston Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy was named the NHL’s Coach of the Year. []
  • The General Manager of the Year award will be contested by Julien BriseBois, Lou Lamoriello, and Jim Nill. []
  • Zdeno Chara’s and Torey Krug’s representatives are expected to begin contract discussion with Boston’s GM soon. []
  • The Vancouver Canucks may be the NHL’s best bet to snap Canada’s Stanley Cup drought. [TSN]
  • Some off-season defence targets for the Winnipeg Jets. [Sportsnet]
  • Among other topics, the TSN Insiders discuss the possibility of the World Juniors also being held in an Edmonton bubble. [TSN]
  • An octopus named “Kraken” takes up residence at Seattle Aquarium. []