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

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]