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Friday Habs Headlines: Joel Edmundson wants to be a leader

The newest addition to the Habs blueline talks about playing for Montreal, predictions on who will be moved this offseason, and scouting challenges for 2020-21.

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Montreal Canadiens news and notes

  • Joel Edmundson thinks he can be a leader on his new team. [Montreal Gazette]
  • What impact will Edmundson have in Montreal? [The Hockey News (Video)]
  • Will the newest acquisition be suiting up next to Jeff Petry? [La Presse]
  • Edmundson’s arrival is part of a new emphasis on toughness on the Habs blueline. [Radio-Canada]

Around the league and elsewhere

  • With Eric Staal departed for Buffalo, is Matt Dumba next on the trading block? [31 Thoughts]
  • The inside story on how Staal wound up a Sabre despite having a 10-team no-trade list. [The Athletic]
  • The top 20 UFAs to-be for 2020, including a possible return to Montreal for Ilya Kovalchuk? [Sportsnet]
  • 10 contracts that could be used in trades. [TSN]
  • 22 players who could be switching teams. [The Athletic]
  • The Toronto Maple Leafs have hired Manny Malhotra as an assistant coach. [Sportsnet]
  • “The baby in the bubble.” Justin Dowling of the Dallas Stars is the only player who currently has family watching games in-person in Edmonton. [The Athletic]
  • The Frölunda Indians will be changing their logo. [Frölunda HC]
  • The IIHF has cancelled all Mens U20 (aside from the top-flight) and all Womens U18 Championship competitions for 2020-21. [IIHF]
  • The top-flight IIHF U20 World Championships will be held in the Edmonton bubble for 2021. [Sportsnet]
  • “Are they streaming it?” In related news, scouting for 2021 might be the challenge of a lifetime. [The Athletic]