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Thursday Habs Headlines: Marc Bergevin eager to see what his balanced roster can achieve

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With probably his most balanced team ever Bergevin is excited to get the season started, the Habs are bigger and tougher this year, Suzuki could be the x-factor, and more in today’s links.

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Montreal Canadiens News and Notes

  • Marc Bergevin is finally in possession of what could be the most balanced roster of his nine years as GM, and he’s very excited about it. [Sportsnet]
  • It’s been a while, but the Habs are a big, tough team this season. A lot tougher than their first opponents of the season, the Toronto Maple Leafs. [CTV News]
  • Brendan Gallagher and Claude Julien spoke to the media ahead of Wednesday’s season opener and insist that this team is committed to starting the season on the right foot. [NHL]
  • The three keys things the Habs need to do in order to best the Maple Leafs in their 10-game season series. [The Hockey Writers]
  • When analyzing who will be a critical player on each of the seven Canadian teams this season, Nick Suzuki stands out as the Canadiens X-Factor. [Sportsnet]

Around the League and Elsewhere

  • Frank Seravlli’s 31 bold (or boneheaded) predictions for the 2020-21 NHL season. [TSN]
  • The Vegas Golden Knights named Mark Stone the first captain in franchise history. [Sportsnet]
  • Keith Yandle doesn’t seem to be a factor in the Florida Panthers plans this season. [TSN]
  • Still recovering from shoulder surgery, Vladimir Tarasenko was placed on long-term injured reserve. [NHL]
  • While on a professional tryout, Trevor Lewis signed a one-year, $750,000 contract with the Winnipeg Jets. [NHL]