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Wednesday Habs Headlines: Montreal “definitely among the pursuers” of Pierre-Luc Dubois

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In today’s links, big interest in the Blue Jackets centre, the Habs hope to give Montreal something to celebrate, and league and players prepare to navigate uncharted waters.

NHL: NOV 12 Blue Jackets at Canadiens

Montreal Canadiens news and notes

  • Elliotte Friedman reports that the Canadiens are very interested in acquiring Pierre-Luc Dubois’s services. [31 Thoughts]
  • Should Bergevin make a move for Dubois, even if it means sacrificing Nick Suzuki or Jesperi Kotkaniemi? [The Athletic]
  • The Habs general manager is excited about the team he’s built. [TSN]
  • Bergevin is not the only one who thinks the Canadiens took great strides during the offseason. [TSN]
  • “Balance” and “urgency” are the words of the day as the Canadiens prepare for game one. [Montreal Gazette]
  • The Habs are hoping to give Montrealers something to celebrate this year. [Montreal Gazette]
  • Summarizing who’s in and who’s out for the 2021 Canadiens. [Montreal Gazette]
  • The Habs prepare for a “playoff-esque” regular season. [La Presse]

Around the league and elsewhere

  • Players and teams are ready to navigate a unique 2020-21 season. [ProHockeyTalk]
  • In a first, there will be zero days without a game on the schedule between the start and end of the regular season. [Russian Machine Never Breaks]
  • The NHL has announced 27 positive tests for COVID-19, including 17 within the Dallas Stars. [TSN]
  • On the same day that Ontario announced that a “stay-at-home” order will come into effect on Thursday, Eugene Melnyk announced—and hastily walked back—a plan to have up to 6,000 fans in attendance for Ottawa Senators home games. [CBC]
  • The Boston Bruins will retire #22 in honour of Willie O’Ree. [TSN]
  • A majority of Sportsnet insiders are picking the Colorado Avalanche to win the Stanley Cup. [Sportsnet]
  • The Athletic’s crew are of similar mind. [The Athletic]
  • The top ten candidates for regression in 2020-21. [The Athletic]